Large truck accidents are responsible for one out of every 10 traffic deaths in the United States. Many of these accidents occur because the driver was tired.
Truckers work long hours. In order to meet their deadlines, they may skimp on sleep. But a new study confirms that this is not just unhealthy, but dangerous. French researchers have found that drivers who are sleepy are just as likely to cause a deadly trucking accident as drivers who are drunk.
The study was published as a letter in the June 2012 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers analyzed information from 679 drivers who were admitted to a French hospital after a serious trucking accident. They used police reports, questionnaires, and medical information, including blood alcohol levels, to determine what factors contributed to the accidents. They found that a night of sleep loss is equivalent to a .19 blood alcohol level in terms of driver impairment.
Factors that increased the risk of causing an accident:
- Being a male between the ages of 18 and 29 years old
- Drinking alcohol
- Being tired
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency which regulates trucking in the United States, realizes that drowsy driving is a serious concern and is promoting legislation to require all truck drivers to be screened for sleep apnea, a common medical condition that causes drowsiness.
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