Sleep Apnea and Increased Commercial Truck Accidents
Protect Your Legal Rights After a Truck Accident with a Doan Law Firm Truck
Sleep apnea, is medically defined as a decrease in airflow due to recurring
partial or complete obstruction of a person’s upper airway while
he or she is sleeping. One of the results of this condition is that a
person stops breathing for a moment while sleep.
Sleep apnea can have a profound impact on a person’s life. The profound,
persistent fatigue that a person with sleep apnea faces can directly his
or her ability to perform some basic functions of daily living, including
driving. Indeed, people afflicted with sleep apnea can face job-related
problems as well. For example, sleep apnea can impact a commercial truck
driver's ability to safely operate a big rig.
A considerable percentage of commercial truck accidents are the result
of driver fatigue. In addition, a high proportion of fatigues truck drivers
suffer from untreated and even undiagnosed sleep apnea.
If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident and suspect driver fatigue,
perhaps caused by sleep apnea, you need to be proactive to protect your
legal rights. This includes reaching out to a qualified, skilled truck
accident lawyer, like a member of the legal team at The Doan Law Office.
The Doan Law Office maintains a truck accident lawyer hotline that is
staffed around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The hotline
can be accessed by calling (800) 349-0000.
The Prevalence of Sleep Apnea Among Big Rig Drivers
A significant swath of the general population is afflicted with sleep apnea.
9 percent of women and an alarming 26 percent of men suffer from sleep
apnea, according to the National Institutes of Health. Commercial truck
drivers are thought to suffer from sleep apnea at these levels, if not
even a bit higher.
A considerable percentage of truck drivers are unaware that they suffer
from sleep apnea. In addition, a notable number of big rig drivers have
been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but have neglected to obtain appropriate
medical care and treatment.
The Truck Accident Incidence Rate Associated with Sleep Apnea
According to a recent study of commercial truck drivers undertaken by Harvard
T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Morris, Brigham
and Women’s Hospital, truck drivers with untreated sleep apnea are
five times more likely to cause accidents due to fatigue. About 20 percent
of truck accident incidents are believed to be caused by sleepy, drowsy,
or fatigued rig operators. Sleep apnea represents the most common cause
of excessive fatigue, including among truck drivers.
Compensation in a Sleep Apnea Truck Accident Case
A truck accident lawyer from our firm will fight to obtain fair compensation
for you. The compensation awarded in a sleep apnea truck accident depends
on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. With that noted,
examples of losses for which our firm will seek compensation likely includes:
- pain and suffering
- medical bills and expenses
- mental anguish and emotional distress
- physical disability
- physical disfigurement
- lost income
Schedule an Initial Consultation with a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are the victim of a big rig accident, the first step in protecting
your legal interests is scheduling an initial consultation with a truck
accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm. An initial consultation can be
scheduled by calling our truck accident lawyer hotline at (800) 349-0000.
During an initial consultation, a truck accident lawyer from our legal
team will provide you with a case evaluation. Legal counsel will also
provide answers to your questions. Our firm charges no fee for an initial
consultation about your truck accident case.
The Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Promise
The Doan Law Firm makes a promise to you in a sleep apnea truck accident
case. Our firm will never charge a fee for legal services unless we obtain
a favorable settlement or judgment for you in your case. The fee will
be an agreed, reasonable percentage of any settlement or judgment.