Wake Up to the Risks of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder that can cause people to awaken hundreds of times per night. This makes them excessively sleepy during the day and causes trouble concentrating, increasing the likelihood of severe accidents, 460% greater chance over a seven-year period.
The 2011 landmark case between Celadon Trucking and widow Wanda Lindsay is the first to directly link untreated sleep apnea, which can be managed easily, to a truck driver’s crash.
U.S. estimates reveal that of the 6.8 million commercial drivers on the road in 2010, the year Lindsay died, between 1.9 million and 4 million drivers had some form a sleep apnea. Because the condition is so common among truckers, legal experts believe the Celadon case will have a national impact on the transportation industry.