Drowsiness in Truck DriversTruck drivers work long and exhausting shifts; however, it is still their responsibility to practice safe driving at all times. Sadly, that is not always the case.  

According to federal law, truck drivers are to work a maximum of 11 consecutive hours behind the wheel and must rest for 10 hours.   When truck drivers get fatigued accidents can happen. Each year, 4,000 Americans die in truck accidents. One third of them are the result of driver fatigue.

A study was conducted that found that 65% of truck drivers admitted to feeling drowsy behind the wheel and almost half of them said they had fallen asleep behind the wheel. A British speech scientist believes he has a solution to this problem by using an audio algorithm.  The audio algorithm works by simply analyzing a driver’s voice.  They feel that they can tell how drowsy a driver is by just the sound of their voice. If the operator feels the driver is too drowsy to continue driving, they will ask the driver to pull over and rest. The calls will be made every two hours. Experiments have already shown positive results.

Researchers hope that one day, this algorithm is used by all dispatchers to check in on drivers.

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When the carelessness of another driver is the cause of an accident, the injured party may make a claim in an effort to receive compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.  Most of the time, a truck driver will be represented by the company they work for or the insurer of the vehicle. That is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been hurt in an accident. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.

Source: CBS Baltimore, “New Technology Could Tell If You’re Too Drowsy To Drive”

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