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Sleep Apnea Puts Truckers Lives in Danger
by our experienced Mississippi Attorney for Truckers Injured or Killed
About 28 percent of truck drivers are impacted by obstructive sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience symptoms of drowsiness and fatigue during the day. Obviously, for individuals operating 80,000 pounds of truck, such sleepiness and fatigue create extreme dangers.
Trucker fatigue leads to many crashes involving commercial vehicles. However, identifying fatigue as a cause of a crash is challenging, and most drivers are reluctant to admit that they may have caused a collision because of their fatigue.
Understanding the reason that truckers are so prone to sleep apnea requires an analysis of their lifestyle. Long periods of time sitting behind the wheel of a truck creates health issues on its own. Add the fact that drivers often are eating on the go, facing stressful deadlines, and not getting adequate exercise, and it becomes clear that trucking is hard on a person’s health. More than two-thirds of drivers are obese, and many are smokers. As a result, truck drivers are often in poor health.
Obesity is one of the main risk factors that result in sleep apnea. Studies indicate that obese drivers have a greater risk of being involved in a collision than those who are a healthier weight.
Preventing truck crashes will require tackling the obesity crisis that impacts so many long-haul truckers.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that drivers undergo medical screening in order to determine fitness for the job. The tests are often not covered by insurance, though, and some have argued against making such tests mandatory. However, the costs of sleep apnea are likely higher when it is not diagnosed or treated. Currently, there is no law requiring that truckers undergo testing for sleep apnea.
In the event of a truck accident, talk to our 18-wheeler accident lawyer about your rights and legal options.
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If you or a loved one is seeking legal justice and monetary compensation for injuries or the loss of a loved one, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. A truck accident lawsuit must be filed before its expiration date, also known as the statute of limitations. Please call right away to losing your right to possible financial compensation.
Giddens Law Firm offers clients a one-on-one, client-to-lawyer experience. Mr. Giddens gives your case the attention you need and deserve. He has handled countless personal injury cases throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.
Mr. Giddens focuses on serving those who have been victims of crashes involving 18-wheeler tractor-trailer semi-trucks, and is able to represent the victims as well as the families of those who have passed in such wrecks. Not only does Mr. Giddens represent the interests of those hurt in these wrecks, but he also studies the trucking industry and follows new developments in it so that he can remain at the forefront of trucking litigation. Mr. Giddens has served as an ambassador for the implementation of side underride guard protections, which can substantially prevent death or serious injury in nearly 75% of trucking crashes when installed.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.
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