New York residents who remember the 2014 crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of his friends may be interested to learn that one likely cause of the crash was fatigue. Their vehicle was hit by a truck driver who had been awake for more than 24 hours although it is unclear whether the driver fell asleep at the wheel. It is estimated that about 7,500 fatal accidents annually involve a fatigued driver.
However, the use of technology to prevent these crashes is growing. More car and truck manufacturers are installing devices that detect dangers and alert drivers. Some of these devices, such as anti-collision devices and devices that detect when drivers drift out of their lanes, may reduce the incidence of crashes overall. These devices may notify drivers of impending danger or make the corrections themselves. This might even include automatic braking.