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How to Avoid Trucking Accidents Caused by Sleep Apnea

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The truck accident lawyers at Whiting Law Group, Ltd. understand how difficult it can be to identify the right legal action when you are in a trucking accident, especially if sleep apnea was the cause. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last at least 10 seconds or more and can occur up to 400 times a night. Sleep apnea can cause chronic sleep deprivation, meaning that someone with sleep apnea is extremely fatigued during the day. Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that often goes unrecognized and undiagnosed.

The Problem

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and can lead to chronic sleep deprivation, one of the leading causes of truck accidents. In fact, truck drivers have an increased crash risk of 2 to 4 times that of the general population.

Treatment

If you are a truck driver or fleet manager, it is critical to consider offering programs that screen and treat OSA. More service providers are beginning to offer programs that screen and treat OSA. Many of these programs offer a low-cost testing system that allows drivers to be screened in their homes, or in the sleeper berth of an equipped truck.

Consult an attorney

If you were injured in a trucking accident and you suspect sleep apnea may have been the cause, contact the Whiting Law Group today. Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then Mr.Whiting and his team of accident and injury trial lawyers personally invite you to contact them for a free consultation toll free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at twhiting@wlglaw.net. There is no fee unless we win your case.

Sources

http://www.truckinginfo.com/article/story/2016/01/how-not-to-lose-sleep-over-apnea.aspx

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/sleep-apnea/driving-when-you-have-sleep-apnea

http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-calculate-a-truck-accident-settlement

http://www.bna.com/obama-signs-bill-for-dot-to-use-rulemaking-process-to-require-driver-sleep-apnea-tests/