${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Firm Logo
Call Us Today
212-285-3800
877-265-4065
View Our Practice Areas

Should truckers and train engineers be screened for sleep apnea?

There are a wide range of potential causes and contributory factors of motor vehicle accidents. Texting behind the wheel, drunk driving and similar problems often receive the most attention in the media. Drowsy driving has gained some attention in recent years as a serious problem. In our sleep-deprived culture, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that roughly 328,000 traffic accidents are linked to drowsiness each year.

Proposed Sleep Apnea Screening Rule Hits Roadblock

Last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began working on proposed safety rules to require truck drivers, bus drivers and rail operators with specified risk factors to undergo a screening protocol for the disorder. Debate has continued throughout the rulemaking process. However, as a part of the policy to reduce regulatory oversight, the federal government has announced plans to scrap the sleep apnea screening rules, according to The Hill.

Most People With Apnea Are Unaware They Have The Condition

It is well known that sleep disorders, such as apnea, can cause daytime drowsiness. Unfortunately, the condition is drastically under diagnosed. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that somewhere around 22 million people suffer from sleep apnea. However, the actual number is elusive, as the association estimates that 80 percent of Americans who suffer from the disorder are not even aware they have the condition.

 

In 2015, researchers found that people who had the sleeping disorder were 2.5 times more likely to be in a car accident when it was left untreated, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The risk of being in an accident was slashed by 70 percent among drivers with sleep apnea who used a CPAP machine to treat the condition for at least four hours per night. 

Sleep apnea was blamed for a New Jersey transit train accident that killed one woman after the rail engineer dozed off and crashed into a station platform. The sleeping disorder was also linked to a 2013 Metro North train derailment. After that wreck, Metro-North discovered roughly 18 percent of its train engineers suffered from sleep apnea and most, if not all, of the engineers were likely unaware of the condition.

The Hill reports that there has been a 20 percent increase in fatal truck accidents since 2009. With truck accidents on the rise, safety on the road should be paramount. If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious truck or rail accident, it is important to work with an law firm with the resources and experience to fight to obtain justice for the harm you and your family has suffered.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Over $1. 5 Billion Recovered For Clients We have a history of winning large verdicts and settlements for our clients.

  • $21 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 50 year-old truck driver who slipped and fell on loading platform
  • $12 .6 Million

    Manhattan jury awarded women injured in a New York City bus accident
  • $11 .8 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded to a 62-year-old man who was struck by a New York City police car
  • $10.2 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 41 year-old man for back injuries received in a car accident
  • $10 Million

    Queens recovery for wrongful death
  • $9 .7 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 63 year-old school custodian worker for burns received from faulty water heater
  • $9 Million

    Jury award to driver for back injuries that resulted from a motor vehicle accident
  • $8 .7 Million

    Queens 52 year-old man awarded for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accident with two tow trucks
  • $8 Million

    Manhattan jury awarded woman for back injuries sustained from a kitchen ceiling collapse
  • $7 .7 Million

    Brooklyn settlement boy struck by school bus
  • $7 .5 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 2 Brooklyn women for injuries sustained in accident with NYC Transit bus
  • $5 .85 Million

    Awarded for injuries sustained in a construction accident
  • $5 .5 Million

    Queens awarded family of man run over and killed by Port Authority Bus
  • $5 .25 Million

    Brooklyn settlement due to landlord negligence and injuries due to fire
  • $5 Million

    Suffolk County settlement fall down
  • $5 Million

    Orange County Car accident
  • $4 .6 Million

    Brooklyn recovery for 58 year old pedestrian struck by NYPD police car
  • $5 .5 Million

    Brooklyn; Hasidic man hit by police car, shoulder fracture brain injury, hearing loss
  • $3 .2 Million

    Settlement for woman who was struck by car while crossing the street
  • $3 Million

    Brooklyn Construction accident by laborer
  • $1 .375 Million

    Brooklyn settlement for our client who tripped on a raised sidewalk

Email Us For Your Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Office Location
150 Broadway
New York, NY 10038

Toll Free: 877-265-4065
Phone: 212-285-3800
New York Law Office Map