Truck Driver Fatigue and the Impact on Traffic Crashes
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the impact of fatigue on commercial vehicle drivers is a critical public safety concern. Here’s how fatigue impacts a truck driver’s performance and its effects on road safety.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) conducted in 2001, 13% of commercial motor vehicle drivers were deemed fatigued at the time of their crash. The LTCCS study sampled 963 crashes that involved 1,123 large trucks and 959 motor vehicles. The study included the following truck crash data:
- Out of 963 crashes, there were 249 fatalities and 1,654 injuries.
- Of the 1,123 large trucks, 77% were tractors pulling a single semi-trailer.
- 5% of trucks were carrying hazardous materials.
- Of the 963 crashes. 73% involved a large truck colliding with at least one vehicle.
How Does Truck Driver Fatigue Occur?
With the high demand to deliver goods and other cargo quickly and within tight deadlines, truck drivers are more likely to push their way through tiredness, putting them and other motorists at risk of a car crash. From lack of adequate sleep and extended work hours to physical demands, these variables are a common contributing factor to truck crashes.
How To Combat Truck Driver Fatigue
While getting proper amounts of sleep is one of the best ways to avoid truck driver fatigue, here are some other ways to stay awake and alert while on the road:
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Take regular breaks.
- Take 15 to 20 minute short naps when needed.
- Avoid drinking caffeine or energy drinks.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
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