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A burned-out truck driver becomes a risk on the road

Nearly everyone experiences a burnout at work. You may know how it feels to go through your workday on autopilot just waiting for it to end. Doing the same thing day in and day out gets monotonous and even annoying. You may take a vacation day or two in order to recharge so that you can get back to it with a better attitude. At least that is the hope, right?

Suffering from a burnout in your job may not put lives in danger. However, in some occupations, burnout can create a dangerous situation. For instance, a burned-out truck driver probably isn't paying close attention to the road, driving or anything else for that matter.

Signs that a trucker suffers from burnout

Burnout may be more than just hating a job or being tired; some say that it's a real malady all its own. A few days off or a good night's sleep won't necessarily solve the problem. Those who do research into this type of condition say truck drivers, or anyone else for that matter, who suffer from burnout share the following commonalities:

  • They become cynical about their jobs. They mentally distance themselves from it as well.
  • Their exhaustion goes well beyond simply being tired at the end of a shift. They can't seem to get good rest and wake up tired.
  • They develop doubts about their skills and may even second-guess themselves.

When these three factors combine, it becomes a recipe for disaster if the individual is behind the wheel of a heavy and large vehicle such as an 18-wheeler. Like anyone with burnout, truck drivers fail to care about their jobs, feel as though their workload is overwhelming and often blame management for everything. It becomes impossible to find anything redeeming in the work.

If you happen to come across one of these truck drivers

You probably won't even know it. The truck slamming into your vehicle may be the first sign that anything is wrong. More than likely, you suffered serious injuries in this encounter. The impact was probably violent enough that you consider yourself lucky to be alive.

An investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crash may indicate that the truck driver suffered from burnout. This may provide you with at least part of the evidence you need to show a Florida civil court that negligence caused your injuries. Discovering that evidence and presenting it to the court may prove challenging without help. Fortunately, you can make use of legal resources in your area while you focus on your recovery.

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