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What Your Kansas City Truck Accident Lawyer Wants You to Know About Sleep Apnea in 2012

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
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.
Contact a Kansas City Truck Accident Lawyer if You’ve Been Hurt
If you have been injured in a Kansas City truck wreck, then a tired trucker or one who suffers from sleep apnea may be to blame for your injuries. In order to determine the true cause of your accident injuries a Kansas City truck accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident. 
To learn more about your rights from an experienced Kansas City truck accident lawyer, please call our Kansas City accident law firm directly at (816) 471- 5111 or toll free at (888) 348-2616 and please read our FREE book, 10 Essential Steps You Must Take to Protect Your Injury Claim.
*Source: Panel Tells FMCSA to Toughen Up Sleep Apnea Screening, Today’s Trucking, December 8, 2011.
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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