Friday, May 8, 2009
Accident Caused by Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the wheel: Falling asleep at the wheel is very common. Nearly four percent of deadly crashes nationwide involve sleepy drivers, and hundreds more are injured every year from drivers who have fallen asleep at the wheel. Any accident involving a fatigued driver is preventable. If you are driving and feel as though you may fall asleep at the wheel, please pull over into a rest area. Although it may be inconvenient, the caution far outweighs the consequences. Truck drivers are a huge concern for they repeatedly drive while fatigued. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented rules limiting the hours a driver may be on the road. The FMCSA estimates the new rule will save up to 75 lives and prevent as many as 1,326 asleep at the wheel accidents every year.