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A harmless, off-time diversion could lead to truck driver fatigue

When there is a truck accident in Ohio or anywhere in the country, there are a seemingly endless number of reasons for which it could have occurred. Distracted truckers, truckers under the influence, truck driver fatigue, speeding, recklessness and much more are oft-mentioned causes of these crashes. It is not inaccurate to say that these are frequently accurate explanations. However, there are other generally innocent behaviors that could impact truck driver safety. Research is showing that truck drivers could become more dangerous after watching Monday Night Football.

The risk management company Lytx studied data encompassing more than 100 billion miles and one of the company's data analysts sees a correlation between drivers watching the game on Monday night and being more of a risk the day after. The company uses video to come to its conclusions. In 2017, there were more than 16 million driver behaviors examined with nearly 7 million dangerous events. One positive is that drivers who were monitored by the company are shown to be safer. The latest three months of data for 2018 show that there were more than 358,000 fewer incidents in which drivers were behaving dangerously vs. the same time-period in 2017.

On the negative side, it found that drivers were more prone to having issues with condition and conduct -truck driver fatigue and other mistakes - happening on Tuesdays. This was more prominent while the National Football League season was ongoing. With the Monday night game often going late into the evening, those who stay up to watch it could feel an impact the next day. Even with this information, there is a spike of risky issues cropping up on Fridays. Wednesdays have the highest number of truck crashes, mostly in the early-morning hours between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday has the least number of accidents. There was also a link between drivers who chose not to wear a seatbelt and being in an accident as it is viewed as a greater willingness to take risks.

Regardless of the statistics, one thing is certain: trucks can cause substantial damage when there is an accident with a smaller vehicle. For people who have been injured in a trucking accident or lost a loved one because of a truck crash, it is imperative to have a full understanding of the potential causes. They must also know the issues they might face such as medical costs, lost wages and the need for care long after the fact. A law firm that helps clients who have been injured or had a loved one who died in truck accidents can help with a legal filing to be compensated.

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