Sleep, Alertness and Fatigue Education for Truckers
As a member of the National Advisory Board for APITLA, I take a deep interest in the safety of our roadways. There are plenty of reports that indicate how deadly driver fatigue can be, especially when the drivers of the big rigs on our highways are too tired to safely operate their trucks. So, it is with great pleasure that I welcome the production of a video offering fatigue education for truck drivers.
Fatigue Education from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Driver fatigue education is very important if we are to make our roads safer. As is written on the Vimeo page for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine:
Driver fatigue is a reality for many truckers, who frequently work outside the typical nine-to-five schedule. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports an estimated 16.5 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. involve a fatigued driver. Reduced alertness levels not only put commercial drivers lives at risk, but also jeopardize the safety of others on the road.
As a leading advocate for safe transportation through rested and alert commercial operators, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is now offering a free online presentation for truckers describing the signs, causes and effects of driver fatigue and some strategies to manage it. This includes planning well-timed sleep breaks, managing off-hour responsibilities and improving sleep environments.
More About APITLA
APITLA, or the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America is a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. Earlier this year, I was invited to join APITLA's National Advisory Board in light of my experience, knowledge and success in the area of defending the rights of those injured in truck crashes.
A key aspect of my role within APITLA, and a truck accident attorney, is to work to raise awareness about the dangers of driver fatigue and to help promote drive fatigue education. It is for this reason that I am sharing this great video from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.