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Combating driver's fatigue

Drivers in Tennessee may have experienced driver's fatigue before, as it is actually a fairly common phenomenon. Unfortunately, it's also a potentially dangerous one, and it isn't addressed as frequently as other dangerous driving behaviors even though it can be just as damaging.

Consumers worried about self-driving tech after fatal injury

New technology can be amazing and life-changing, but in some cases, innovation may seem frightening and life-threatening. In recent months, the rapidly progressing technology involving self-correcting and autonomous vehicles has inspired emotions in residents of Tennessee and elsewhere that range from intrigued and excited to doubtful and apprehensive. Many people have questioned the safety of vehicles that can pilot themselves without the assistance of human drivers.

The Number of Car Wrecks In the United States Continues To Rise

The National Safety Council reports that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle Wrecks across the United States in 2016. That is a six percent increase over the fatalities in 2015. The number of fatalities in 2015 was seven percent higher than the 2014 traffic deaths. The two-year increase resulted in the highest number of automobile-related deaths in a single year since 2007. The year with the highest number of motor vehicle-related deaths was 1973.

Truckers Asleep at the Wheel

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that nearly one-third of all fatal semi truck accidents are caused by a trucker falling asleep at the wheel. Although technological advances have brought numerous gadgets, apps and other tools to help truckers stay awake, and lawmakers have taken steps to help ensure that drivers are not fatigued, the problem continues to plague the roadways of America.

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