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How common is it for a truck driver to fall asleep at wheel?
In Journal of Public Health Policy, in 1992, a report showed that 1 in 5 truck drivers had been so fatigued that they had fallen asleep at wheel.
What is truck driver fatigue?
Fatigue is a broad term and includes being "sleepy", "tired" or "exhausted". This applies not only to performance of physical activity, but to mental activity as well. Thus, decision making capabilities of a truck driver can be impared along with coordination. Fatigue can severely impair judgment. In addition, more tired you become, less likely you will be to recognize that you are tired. What are warning sigs of truck driver fatigue? yawning lack of concentration red eyes anxiousness restlessness drowsiness impaired reaction time attention deficit irritability large steering corrections missing road signs lane drift
What are high risk times for truck driver fatigue-related fatal crashes?
Studies show that fatal fatigue-related accidents tend to occur between 10pm-6am (during normal human sleep hours), and 1pm-3pm (after a heavy lunch). These times of day coincide with dips in body's circadian rhythms, and with drops in blood sugar, which are part of human makeup.
Will these new regualtions cut down on fatal crashes due to truck driver fatigue?
The FMCSA estimates that 75 lives will be saved each year and 1,326 fatigue-related tractor-trailer truck accidents will be prevented annually.
Michael Monheit, Esquire http://www.monheit.com/truck