11 Trucker Fatigue Statistics and Facts That Will Shock You (Pt. 1)

March 31, 2015

While large trucks comprise about 3 percent of registered vehicles in the U.S., they are involved in about 13 percent of all fatal traffic accounts (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA). Although a number of different factors can end up causing traffic accidents, often, the negligence of motorists is to blame. When the negligence of commercial motorists – like truckers – is involved, it often comes in the form of trucker fatigue.

In light of our recent blog on the FMCSA’s restart study, we thought it would be a good time to point out some fascinating and potentially shocking trucker fatigue statistics and facts. This info, which includes data from the NHTSA, the FMCSA and various other reliable sources, underscores just how significant of an issue driver fatigue is among commercial motorists like truckers.

If, however, your primary concern right now is financially recovering from a truck accident caused by negligence, you can turn to the trusted Portland truck accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm for effective help in your pursuit of compensation and justice.

Trucker Fatigue Statistics

  • These trucker fatigue statistics and facts are as fascinating as they may be shocking. See how big of a problem trucker fatigue is through these numbers.

    These trucker fatigue statistics and facts are as fascinating as they may be shocking. See how big of a problem trucker fatigue is through these numbers.

    Trucker fatigue contributes to as many as 30 to 40 percent of all heavy truck collisions.

  • In truck accidents involving at least one vehicle being run off of the road, trucker fatigue was a contributing factor in about 3 in every 4 of these accidents.
  • Working long shifts is among the primary causes of trucker fatigue; this is not only because working long shifts leads to drowsiness but also because long shifts cut in on drivers’ time to get sufficient restorative sleep.
  • When truck accidents occur on rural roads, falling asleep at the wheel is a causal factor in about one in every 5 (or 20 percent) of these collisions.
  • Between the 8th and 10th hour of driving, the risk of getting into a truck accident doubles.
  • Between the 10th and 12th hour of driving, the risk of getting into a truck accident doubles again; in other words, from the 8th to the 12th hour of driving, the risk of getting into collisions quadruples.
  • When truckers are asked about how often fatigue impacts them behind the wheel, about 28 percent admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once in the previous month.

Stay posted for the upcoming second part of this blog series for some more important truck driver fatigue statistics and facts.

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