October 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A comprehensive review of the regulations governing the trucking industry has been underway during the last decade. Officials have created many new rules in the hopes that this will improve safety and start to reduce the number of crashes that are occurring. As part of this focus, the health of truck drivers has become a major concern.
Congress recently passed a law subsequently signed by the President which would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue new rules concerning truck drivers who have sleep apnea. These new standards would have to take several factors under consideration before going into effect, including the number of trucking accidents
caused by drivers with the condition, the cost to the trucking industry, as well as the potential success of the treatment on drivers who have sleep apnea.
Once the FMCSA prepares this analysis, it may go forward with its new requirements. The agency had been working toward issuing guidance to companies about sleep disorders in general. This raised concerns of some in the industry, as it would not have listed any formal requirements for companies when designing policies toward screening its drivers. This could potentially create problems if companies were to exclude a driver for having one of these conditions.
The FMCSA is expected to take some time before it finally decides on the screening measures and treatment procedures that will be put in place. Those with the condition do not feel refreshed after sleeping, which can lead to tiredness during the day or when driving. Fatigued trucking drivers are a major focus of the agency, as earlier this year it passed new rules that regulate the amount of a time a driver may be behind the wheel during a given week.
This delay could have an impact on motorist safety. Currently, companies are left to design their own policies and procedures, which may not be thorough enough to remove dangerous truck drivers from the roads. They may not be encouraged to revisit their screening methods until an accident occurs.
In many trucking accident cases, insurance companies will try to convince you that settling your matter is in your best interests. Frequently, these offers will be made before you have had an opportunity to learn the true extent of your injuries and the costs associated with the treatment that you need to return to health.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you prepare your case for the next steps, including trial, if necessary. This will allow you to focus on your recovery, and will help ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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