Large truck crashes lead to some 4,000 deaths every year in California and across the U.S., and drowsy truck drivers are sometimes to blame. Addressing drowsiness starts with sleep: Truckers should obtain between six and eight hours of sleep every night. If they cannot do so, they can take period naps, which are proven to increase attention and reduce mistakes in driving.

A healthy diet is essential

Sleep must be paired with a good diet that gives the body nutrients. Rather than hamburgers and donuts, the National Institutes of Health recommends chicken or tuna sandwiches and English muffins or bagels.

Dehydration leads to drowsiness

Truckers are advised to drink lots of water to avoid the fatigue, headaches and muscle cramps that come with dehydration. There’s no substitute for water, and truckers should not overly rely on caffeine. The FDA says that caffeine increases blood pressure and can cause headaches and dizziness after a while.

How the truck cab contributes to fatigue

Being constantly jarred inside the truck cab is a recipe for back pain, general soreness and fatigue. In serious cases, it can lead to spinal degradation. With a seat suspension system, truckers can lessen this factor.

If you were hit by a drowsy trucker

Some truck collisions give rise to personal injury claims, and perhaps you can file such a claim yourself in the effort to be compensated for your medical bills and other losses. A lawyer may help you navigate the process. The other side is likely to be aggressive in fighting the claim, but a lawyer may be able to sidestep those tactics to work toward a fair settlement.