According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), approximately 91,000 of the traffic accidents reported to law enforcement in 2017 involved a driver who was fatigued. By its own admission, the agency acknowledges the impossibility of fully getting accurate statistics surrounding accidents where fatigue is involved. It’s just not possible to get drivers to admit they fell asleep or became drowsy while driving. As a result, investigators are often left guessing whether driver fatigue contributed to a crash.
Of the 91,000 wrecks mentioned above, nearly 800 people lost their lives and about 50,000 injuries were sustained. It is widely believed by public health communities, traffic safety agencies, and the sleep science industry that these numbers far underestimate the actual number of affected individuals. If you’ve been a victim in an accident involving a fatigued truck driver, you should immediately consult with a qualified truck accident attorney to discuss your legal options.