The public hears about traffic accidents all of the time. Media tend to focus on drunk driving accidents, or more recently, distracted driving accidents. But there is another serious cause of crashes in New York and throughout the country that needs the focus of safety advocates and federal officials.
- Medical examiners identify the body mass index of truck drivers
- Drivers with a BMI of 35 or above must be tested for sleep apnea
- Drivers responsible for truck accidents possibly caused by driver fatigue must be tested for sleep apnea
- Those drivers cannot continue to drive until they have been evaluated or are treating their sleep disorder
Currently, there are essentially no federal guidelines regarding sleep apnea in the commercial trucking industry. Not only are many truckers overweight and, therefore, at risk of suffering from sleep apnea, but they also work grueling hours. The combination is enough to put fear in any driver who has to share the roads with commercial trucks.Source: Truckinginfo.com, “FMCSA Proposes Guidance for Sleep Apnea,” Oliver B. Patton, April 20, 2012