Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue in 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents
Most individuals do not realize the dangers presented to us all by large commercial trucks and vehicles, on our road ways.
But everyday individuals are killed or seriously injured in trucking accidents. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been avoided.
The main reasons for truck accidents are distracted drivers, fatigued drivers, under trained drivers and improper maintenance.
According to the NHTSA, sleep deprivation is a factor in over 100,000 accidents and more than 1,550 fatalities per year in the United States.
Now studies indicate that fatigue or sleep deprivation may be a contributing factor in at least 30 to 40% of all large truck accidents.
Most individuals do not realize the dangers of sleep deprivation and a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
The effects of sleep deprivation on drivers include:
- Decreased alertness
- Increased reaction time
- Degraded attention and vigilance
- Decreased motivation
- Increased “microsleeps”
- Increased chance of driver error
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