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Why Can Sleep Apnea Increase the Risk of a Truck Accident?

Drowsy driving is a widely-known cause of commercial truck accidents. Hours of service rules are regulations that were created to set limits on how long commercial truckers could operate their vehicles. These regulations were designed to prevent truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers. Unfortunately, hours of service rules cannot address another common cause of fatigued driving accidents. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects millions of people in the US, including truck drivers. Individuals with this condition experience interruptions in breathing while they are sleeping. These interruptions may jolt the person awake, keeping them from receiving a good night’s sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of OSA include excessive daytime drowsiness and trouble concentrating. Given these symptoms, are truckers with untreated or undiagnosed OSA more likely to crash? The Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a study on commercial truck accidents and sleep apnea…
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