Bill would give agency authority to create sleep apnea rules for truckers
Bill proposed that would allow FMCSA to change sleep apnea rules for truck drivers and trucking companies.
October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Bill would give agency authority to create sleep apnea rules for truckers
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Over the past few years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency that regulates the trucking industry, has implemented many new safety initiatives aimed at improving the way that trucking companies operate on the nation's roadways. Truck drivers and trucking companies are now being held much more responsible when their actions place others in harm's way.
Recently, a bill has been proposed that would force the agency to create rules that address drivers with sleep apnea. Since driver fatigue is one of the major causes of trucking accidents, officials hope these changes would potentially lead to fewer crashes and near-misses.
Sleep apnea effects many individuals. This condition causes them to have difficulty breathing when they are sleeping. When the condition occurs, the person may wakeup or be in a state of light sleeping- meaning he or she may not be getting the amount of deep sleep that is needed to feel refreshed and well-rested.
Since the FMCSA has passed new rules that regulate the amount of rest that truck drivers should receive, those with sleep apnea conditions may not be getting the appropriate amount of rest even if they are off the road for the full amount of time required under the rules
The new bill would require the agency to create rules that specify the type of testing that must be performed on drivers, rather than simply issue guidelines concerning what companies should do. The rules would also potentially require the agency to list treatment methods that truck drivers with sleep apnea must undergo before being able to get back on the road.
The bill has not yet received a vote, but it does have the backing of some in the trucking industry. They feel that the new law would help them in designing their own programs when screening drivers with this condition.
Trucking accidents often lead to very serious injuries for those individuals in smaller vehicles. Those injured may require extensive rehabilitation, which may result in the injured person incurring significant medical bills while being forced to miss work. These expenses and missed wages may potentially be recoverable from the negligent drivers that caused the crash.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, it is important that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand the full value of your claims and help you receive the care you need to return back to normal.
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