Truck drivers often keep grueling schedules that require them to drive hundreds of miles every day. In addition, they are often incentivized to deliver their cargo as quickly as possible, pushing them to drive for as long as they can before resting. As a result, driver fatigue is a serious concern for regulators, who have responded to issue by creating rules that limit the amount a driver may drive in a given period. Unfortunately, these rules are not always sufficient, especially for drivers who may suffer from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. People injured by fatigued truck drivers may be able to recover for their losses, and should discuss their with a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Sleep apnea in truck drivers is an issue that is currently being considered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and has recently been the subject of federal legislation directing the agency to deal with the matter through its rulemaking process. The condition is a sleep-related disorder that involves interruptions in breathing while a person sleeps. Sleep apnea disrupts a person’s sleep patterns and can result in a person being extremely fatigued during daytime hours. Some of the ways that untreated sleep apnea can affect a person’s driving include:
- Delayed reaction time
- Difficulty keeping eyes focused
- Difficulty staying awake
- Decreased alertness
These conditions can significantly increase a person’s risk of being involved in a crash. Anyone injured by a fatigued truck driver should consult with an attorney to determine whether and against whom they may have a claim.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that you suspect was the result of driver fatigue, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.