The dangers caused by fatigued truck drivers are well known and well documented. National statistics show that fatigued drivers can cause as much as twenty percent of all trucking accidents. Furthermore, driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck accidents in the United States.
The Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have put together this list of five dangers of truck accidents sourced from multiple studies and statistics we see in our offices.
- A report referenced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicated that being awake for 18 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent, which is legally intoxicated and leaves you at equal risk for a crash.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes each year are caused primarily by drowsy driving. Those crashes accounted for 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.
- Another report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that approximately 20 percent of safety critical events (crashes and near-crashes) included driver drowsiness as a contributing factor.
- A 2005 study suggests that three out of every four commercial motor vehicle drivers reported having experienced at least one type of driving error as a result of drowsiness.
- According to the National Sleep Foundation, those who drive a high number of miles, and drive at night, are at significantly higher risk for fall-asleep crashes. Plus, commercial drivers have also been found to be at a high risk for sleep disorders.
The figures above are just a handful of the significant reasons for why driver fatigue is such a danger in trucking accidents. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck, the Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have helped many truck accident victims, and we can help you, too.