Although the FMCSA doesn’t have an official rule that makes sleep apnea testing in the trucking industry mandatory, research shows that sleep apnea is a serious condition that can make people drowsy behind the wheel. For this reason, many carrier companies have policies in place that require their drivers to undergo testing for the condition.
According to WebMD, sleep apnea is a “serious sleep disorder” in which an individual’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. In some cases, the condition occurs in people who are overweight, or who have a large neck circumference.
When the body stops breathing during sleep, it can reduce or stop blood flow to the brain, resulting in disturbances in sleep and chronically poor sleep that leaves a person feeling tired all the time. In extreme cases, sleep apnea can also cause sudden death.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, or you have lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or losses. Don’t wait to speak to an attorney about your case. Call an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.