A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into the truck accident that took the life of comedian James McNair and left Tracy Morgan with a brain injury has uncovered important new details.
According to the NTSB, the WalMart truck driver had been awake for 28 hours, driving 800 miles from Georgia in one night. Investigators with the NTSB concluded the accident could have been prevented if the driver had slowed down to 45 mph from 65 mph. The NTSB report claims the driver was going 65 mph until he reached a closing distance of 200 feet.
WalMart truck drivers allegedly use an advanced system to identify bad driving habits. When drivers brake too hard, speed or activate the vehicle’s stability control system, a “critical event report” is generated. As it turns out, the driver responsible for the accident had nine critical event reports in his 15 weeks of working for WalMart. The driver has since been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in New Jersey.
Is Driver Fatigue A Major Cause Of Truck Accidents?
Driver fatigue has become one of the leading causes of truck accidents. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study suggests 13 percent of fatal and non-fatal truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue.
In the aftermath of the Tracy Morgan truck accident, WalMart has started educating its drivers on the dangers of fatigued driving and has implemented a program to prevent future accidents.
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