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The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on the Brain of a Trucker

Sleep is vitally important to the human body.  Scientists have yet to uncover precisely why humans need to sleep, but research consistently indicates that most people need about six to eight hours of sleep each night.  Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation.  Sleep deprivation can have a significant negative impact o your cognition and ability to perform tasks.  Our trucking accident lawyers in Miami have handled many truck accident cases. We have found when a truck driver does not have sufficient sleep, he or she presents a grave risk on the roadway.

Too Little Sleep Can Impact the Brain

Sleep deprivation impacts the brain’s functions in several different ways.  The following is a look at some basic impairment caused by sleep deprivation:

  • Poor decision making: Studies show that people who lack sufficient sleep tend to make riskier decisions.  Scientists have studied the tired brain with brain scans and uncovered that the prefrontal cortex, known as the brain’s reward center, will light up when a tired person is faced with an economic decision.  This means that people expect to win more when they are tired than those who obtained a full night’s rest.
  • Diminished attention span: Sleep deprived people tend to have impaired visual sensory processing.  This equates to a lower level of engagement and a decreased attention span.  Tired drivers are more likely to check their phones, become distracted by passengers or surroundings, and engage in other dangerous behaviors.
  • Memory loss: The tired brain is at a disadvantage for retaining information.  The hippocampus or the memory center of the sleep deprived brain fails to learn material at the same rate as a well rested brain.
  • Irrationality: Overtired people are more likely to become irritable and emotionally volatile.  They could become angered and engage in aggressive driving or other risky behaviors

For these reasons, a tired trucker represents a significant risk on the roadways.  If you are injured in a truck accident, it is important that you consult with a truck accident attorney right away.  Your attorney will evaluate your case and uncover whether sleep deprivation played a role in the accident.  This could include uncovering evidence that the trucker violated hours of service requirements or had not slept for a long period of time prior to the accident.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, contact the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across the state.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.  We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida.   Put our exceptional truck accident lawyers to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.




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