New Website Aims to Reduce Truck Driver Fatigue

September 27, 2013

Truck Accidents

reducing truck driver fatigueIn a report entitled Drowsy Driving and Automobile Crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) have attempted to address the problem of driver fatigue.

They have launched a new website is taking a proactive approach to combating driver fatigue. The main focus of the North American Fatigue Management Program’s (NAFMP) interactive website is on commercial carriers.

Identifying fatigue and sleepiness

This informative website describes fatigue as a physical issue that manifests in being de-energized, sore and/or sleepy that results in having trouble concentrating or having heavy eyes.

While a full night’s sleep or napping will alleviate both fatigue and sleepiness, fatigue can be overcome with rest. Some of the signs of fatigued driving include the following:

  • Decreased alertness such as in missing a turn.

  • Decreased attention to the environment such as not seeing another driver’s turn signal.

  • Reduced performance that can manifest as inadequate braking to avoid a hazard.

  • Reduced motivation that may cause the driver to skip a safety walk around.

  • Irritability or being short tempered with the actions of other drivers.

  • Impaired judgment resulting in improper defensive driving maneuvers.

  • Feelings of drowsiness or falling asleep behind the wheel.

Fatigue and collisions

The NAFMP downloadable presentations point out that 31 percent of fatal to the driver large truck crashes are caused by truck driver fatigue; 4 percent of heavy vehicle crashes were due to the driver being asleep at the wheel; in 13 percent of serious heavy truck crashes fatigue was an associated factor. Fatigue related collisions may be caused by the following:

  • Lack of sleep or sleep disorders

  • Extended driving hours

  • Switching shifts between day and night without an adjustment period

  • General working conditions

You May Need the Help of a Personal Injury Attorney

Steps to reduce the number of fatigue related crashes through legislation and education are ongoing. A victim of a crash that may be the result of truck driver fatigue may have questions or need more information from a Florida truck accident lawyer. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at (727)-217-5977 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

 

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