The rulebook says you can drive for 11 hours in one day. The rules state that you’re allowed to go for eight hours with just 30 minutes of rest.

Despite what the law allows truck drivers in Maryland to do, sometimes your body just isn’t quite up to the task. Maybe you’re coming down with a cold or are too worn out from your last run. Whatever the reason, it’s important for all drivers — especially truckers — to recognize the warning signs of drowsy driving.

Here are a few signs that you might need to look for a place to sleep as soon as possible:

  • You can’t remember the scenery or road signs you just passed. An inability to focus is usually a sign that your body is starting to “zone out” or shut down due to a need for sleep.
  • You feel irritable. While there are numerous causes for being in a bad mood, fatigue is one of those possible reasons. If you are unusually irritable, evaluate the situation to see if you are in need of a rest.
  • You can’t stop yawning. We all know that yawning is one of the telltale signs of being tired, so don’t ignore it.
  • You catch yourself weaving in your own lane. If you find yourself consistently swerving into the rumble strips or drifting in your lane, that can be a sign that you’re starting to fall asleep without even knowing it. 
  • You find yourself “nodding off” for a second or two. You are beyond tired and in danger of causing a crash! A Maryland auto accident can occur in as little as two seconds. 

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car accident or truck accident in Maryland, you may be able to recoup damages for your injuries. To learn more, call the Maryland accident attorneys of Nickelsporn and Lundin at 1-800-875-9700.

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