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Technology to fight driver fatigue

Driver fatigue has been conclusively linked to many motor vehicle accidents in Florida and around the country. Although there have been consistent attempts to fashion a legislative solution to this issue over the years, the real answer may be technological. There have been several recent innovations that may reduce the incidence of fatigued driving and its unfortunate consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tired drivers are involved in as many as 7,500 fatal motor vehicle accidents each year, representing 25 percent of all such fatal accidents. The 2014 truck accident that killed a passenger in a limousine in which comedian Tracy Morgan was also riding has been found to have been caused by a fatigued truck driver.

Fortunately, there are exciting new inventions that may take some of the risk out of sharing the road with fatigued drivers. For example, forward collision warning systems have shown themselves to be useful and reliable for highway driving situations. These systems use lasers and other proximity sensors to detect when an object is too close to the front of the vehicle. They will then warn the driver of the imminent collision, hopefully preventing any accident.

Victims of accidents that involve commercial vehicles often suffer serious injuries due to the truck's sheer size and weight. Those injuries can result in significant medical bills and other expenses. A personal injury attorney can assist an injured victim by analyzing the accident investigation report and other evidence in an attempt to demonstrate that the accident was caused by a fatigued or otherwise truck driver. In some cases, the trucking company itself could also be held financially responsible for the victims' damages.

Source: FOX 40, "Driving While Fatigued Can be Less Deadly Thanks to Technology", Aug. 17, 2015

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