Because large commercial trucks can cause so much damage and injury in accidents with regular passenger vehicles, truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care for safe driving than other drivers on the road. They must meet certain requirements to even get behind the wheel of a semi-truck, one of which is they must be in good health. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a long laundry list of health conditions that may disqualify a driver from operating commercial vehicles. One health condition that is just now recently being studied in regard to truck drivers is sleep apnea. Due to the potential to cause fatigue, the FMCSA plans to require testing for sleep apnea for all professional drivers in the near future. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a fatigued truck driving, an experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you.
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes a person to stop breathing for periods of time while they are sleeping. Not only can this condition cause people to die in their sleep, but it also has symptoms during waking hours as well due to unrestful sleep. These symptoms may include:
Sleepiness and fatigue
Problems with focus and concentration
Irritability and moodiness
Any of the above symptoms may make it dangerous for a truck driver to operate a commercial vehicle. A truck driver with these symptoms may lose focus, engage in aggressive or impatient driving, or may even doze off behind the wheel. As you can imagine, this can result in devastating accidents and injuries.
Contact a Coweta County truck accident lawyer for a free consultation
If a fatigued driver causes an accident, that driver should be held accountable for all resulting damage and injuries. The truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith are committed to helping accident victims receive the maximum amount of compensation possible, so please call us for help today at (770) 487-8999.