Lack of sleep and inability to concentrate can have a significant impact on the ability of individuals to work efficiently. Not only can it lead to injuries, but it can also be life-threatening – especially for bus drivers, transportation workers and employees commuting to their night shift workplace. Even though there is 60 percent less traffic at night, 40 percent of all vehicle crashes happen at night. Many accidents are due to the disruption caused by circadian rhythm, where our body responds to sleep at night.
Injuries caused to employees while working on night shifts are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act. However, compensation is exempt in instances of driving under influence, causing injury while speeding, and irresponsible behavior. Claiming compensation will require evidence gathering and filing a compensation form, which a competent personal injury and worker’ compensation attorney can help with.
Working overnight can have a significant impact on an individual’s sleep pattern. If a person is sleep-deprived, the following causes can lead to an auto accident:
Considering the high number of accidents that happen at night, it is important to provide shift workers with policy manuals and training to help manage their routine. Some ways to limit auto accidents for 3rd shift workers include:
If you wish to find out more about auto-accidents at night and unusual injuries in Illinois, schedule a free consultation by contacting the offices of Robert Edens at (847) 395-2200 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.