Each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacts rules and regulations designed to prevent truck accidents. 2012 is expected to bring new rules and regulations for the trucking industry. Could rules about screening for sleep apnea in truck drivers be among those rules?
Why Sleep Apnea is Dangerous
According to a Harvard Medical School professor who specializes in sleep medicine, the crash risk for a trucker with sleep apnea is more than 240 percent greater than a trucker without this dangerous medical condition.*
Sleep apnea affects a sleeping person’s ability to breathe while sleeping. It is characterized by shallow breathing that results in disrupted sleep and may result in tired truck drivers. Tired truck drivers may be more likely to cause Kansas City truck accidents.
A Move Toward Screening and Guidance For Sleep Apnea
Last month, the Medical Review Board and the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee met to discuss whether they should recommend that the FMCSA increase its screening of sleep apnea among truck drivers. The conclusion was that new policies and rules should be provided for the screening and treatment of sleep apnea. The Medical Review Board and Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee are expected to present their specific recommendations to the FMCSA in March 2012.
Hurt By A Truck Driver With Sleep Apnea
Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so you should speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 for your free consultation today.