Truck Accidents Frequently Caused by Driver Fatigue

By February 24, 2008Highway Safety

Truckers who drive under the influence or while intoxicated are a danger to the motorists who share the road with them. Just as deadly are truckers who drive while drowsy.
According to an article in the Red Bluff Daily News, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that driver fatigue is to blame for 30 to 40 percent of accidents involving commercial trucks in North America.
In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy drivers kills more than 1,550 people each year and is responsible for at least 100,000 crashes.
Finally, the Large Truck Crash Causation Study estimates that fatigue was an associated factor in 13 percent of all trucking accidents.
The Red Bluff Daily News reported that a new device has been developed that warns drivers when they have reached dangerous fatigue levels. When one longtime truck driver was asked by the reporter if the device would benefit him, he replied, “The long hours don’t bother me.”
I’m not surprised by this response. Despite the severity of the problem, many truck drivers refuse to believe they drive while drowsy.
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