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Sleep apnea is a safety issue among truck drivers

Even if you don't suffer from sleep apnea, you know what it's like not to get a good night's sleep. Some mornings, you need that extra cup of coffee or energy drink just to keep yourself going. You may find yourself yawning far more than you would like as you drive to work, and by the end of the day, you just want to get home so you can rest.

Imagine if your job was to sit behind the wheel of an approximately 80,000-pound vehicle all day long. First, how boring would that be? Second, if you are already tired because you suffer from sleep apnea or just didn't get good sleep, how dangerous would you be to other motorists?

Who is most at risk for sleep apnea?

As you travel the roadways with truck drivers, you have no way of knowing which ones exhibit the following risk factors for sleep apnea:

  • Having high blood pressure
  • Suffering from diabetes
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Smoking
  • Having a thick or large neck
  • Suffering from chronic nasal congestion
  • Being older, especially over age 60
  • Being a man
  • Having a narrow airway

If you look at the general population, you will find at least one of these risk factors in many people, so it isn't hard to believe that many truck drivers will also exhibit at least one of these risk factors. This means that the driver next to you in that big rig could suffer from undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea.

What are the common results of sleep apnea?

Someone who suffers from sleep apnea will more than likely exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Waking up abruptly with shortness of breath
  • Being excessively sleeping during the day
  • Having difficulty staying asleep
  • Experiencing headaches in the morning
  • Suffering from memory and attention problems
  • Experiencing a lack of energy and more fatigue

As you can imagine, attempting to drive an 18-wheeler safely under these circumstances would prove challenging. A truck driver's ability to react to emergencies, remain vigilant and even stay awake while driving suffers greatly.

As a result, you could end up in this driver's path, and it may not end well. If you suffer serious injuries in a collision, it could change your life forever but certainly temporarily. A thorough evaluation of your circumstances may reveal that the appropriate course of action would involve filing a personal injury claim pursuing compensation for your financial and other losses associated with the crash.

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