Tracy Morgan Crash Raises Issue of Trucker Fatigue

80376934Driving for long periods of time over open stretches of road puts truck drivers at a serious risk for suffering from fatigue. When drivers experience fatigue as they operate large and heavy vehicles, they put other drivers at risk, as we have seen unfold in recent news.

Tracy Morgan’s Crash

On June 7, 2014, actor Tracy Morgan was riding in a tour bus with members of his crew. A Walmart truck crashed into the bus, killing one passenger and seriously injuring Morgan and one other passenger. The driver of the truck had not slept in more than 24 hours.

More Awareness About Driver Fatigue

This accident was just one example of an increase in collisions that result from driver fatigue. In just the last few years, the number of truck accidents has increased by about 40 percent. Now the government is stepping in to try to enforce stronger regulations about the amount of time drivers can spend on the road.

Driver Fatigue Systems

Companies are also developing technology to help prevent these unnecessary accidents. Technology like OpGuard provides on-board monitoring systems that look for signs of fatigue to try to reduce the amounts of accidents. These systems work automatically and do not require any log-in information. It is designed to inform both the operator and the dispatcher of any signs of fatigue or drowsiness. The system measures head and facial movements to spot signs of fatigue before an accident occurs. Using this technology can help you prevent fatigue-related accidents within your company.

If you are interested in installing fatigue-monitoring systems in your fleet, GuardVant is here for you. With programs like OpGuard and ProxGuard, we help you keep more control over your fleet and your drivers to reduce the chance of an unfortunate incident on your job sites. To learn more about our fatigue risk management technology and how it can help you, visit us online or call (520) 299-1911.