Is technology the answer to make our roads safer?
Will fatigue-monitoring systems change hours-based regulations?
Dan Osterberg, formerly safety head with Schneider National estimates fatigue plays a part in 30 to 40 percent of high–severity truck–involved accidents. If he’s correct, nearly 1,500 of the annual truck–involved fatalities (4,317 in 2016) can be blamed at least in part on fatigued driving.
In March, former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind said fatigue is a factor in 20 percent of crashes. This was based in part on a series of transportation disasters, only some involving trucks, investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.