Driver fatigue is a serious problem in the trucking industry, considering the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Commission estimates 14 percent of all commercial tractor trailer accidents are linked to drowsy driving as a contributing factor. That’s why our team of Oklahoma truck accident attorneys at J. Colbert Injury Lawyers is so excited about a technological advancement that could bring an end to these crashes.
According to an article from Red Orbit, a team of researchers at Washington State University has developed a device that can detect when a driver is beginning to doze. The device works by monitoring movements in steering, rather than relying on expensive cameras to catch when a motorist is drifting out of their lane.
Having 29 participants use the unit over the course of five hours driving tested the device. The results showed the unit to be effective in detecting driver fatigue quickly.
This development provides an easy and affordable way for companies and motorists to know when fatigue is affecting their ability to safely operate a vehicle. Patents for the device are pending.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers has seen the results of accidents caused by drowsy truck drivers and applauds the efforts being made to develop new and innovative ways to prevent these crashes from occurring.