New Jersey roads and thoroughfares see the passage of many trucks each day, and more often than not, the drivers have traveled a significant distance. Inadequate rest or fatigue is often to blame for truck accidents.
In what is perhaps one of the most highly publicized truck accidents in history, CNN reported that a Walmart truck driver slammed into a limousine van carrying comedian James McNair and actor Tracy Morgan at 1 a.m. on June 7, 2014. After reconstructing the crash site, running tests and interviewing witnesses, authorities concluded that the driver was drowsy, and this factor had resulted in his impairment. Further investigation revealed that the driver had been awake for 28 consecutive hours, and had also driven 12 hours to work before even beginning his 14-hour shift.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these tips can help truckers circumvent debilitating fatigue before it puts their life and the lives of others at risk:
Thirteen percent of truck drivers involved in an accident had fatigue to blame for their impairment.
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