Posted on 11/12/21

Drowsy Trucker And Truck Driver Accident Statistics

Drowsy Trucker And Truck Driver Accident Statistics

Truckers can suffer from sleep deprivation due to their irregular work schedules and long hours. The Journal of Public Health Policy paper " Long hours and fatigue: A survey of tractor-trailer drivers," describes interviews with 1,249 semi-truck drivers at truck stops in Florida, Connecticut, and Oregon. 19% of truck drivers said they had fallen asleep at the wheel of their truck in the month prior. Two-thirds of truck drivers also admitted to having under-reported their actual hours worked during the year. Truck drivers are notorious for falsifying logs, and USDOT officials find it so difficult to verify log entries.

It is clear that driver fatigue is a major cause of large truck accidents in the United States. Semi-truck trailers are dangerous vehicles, even under ideal road conditions. This is simply due to their size and weight. The average tractor-trailer truck can haul more than 40,000 lbs of cargo. This is not counting the weight of the fuel, trailer, and truck. The average passenger car weighs in at 4,000 pounds, which is a dangerous match-up in case of a collision. Truckers who spend too much time behind a wheel or sleep too little can lead to serious consequences. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that between 30 and 40% of semi-truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue.