We all know that motor vehicle accidents can happen at any time. To prevent them, we drive cautiously and pay attention to what’s going on around us. But we can’t be responsible for what others do and, when the driver at fault is a commercial driver, the cause may be more complex than a simple driving mistake.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition which affects one’s ability to sleep. Someone who has sleep apnea literally stops breathing for as many as ten seconds and this may occur hundreds of times throughout the course of a night. There is evidence that nearly one-third of all commercial drivers have some degree of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can profoundly affect both the amount and quality of sleep a person gets. For truck drivers, the implications are dangerous. Lack of sleep means they are more likely to be driving while drowsy and less capable of operating their truck safely. Due to the sheer mass of most commercial trucks, the likelihood of serious injury resulting from their accidents is greatly increased.
If you are the victim of an accident involving a commercial truck and are injured, it won’t be obvious if sleep apnea was behind it. Only a thorough investigation, including the driver’s medical history and the records of any company they worked for, will reveal it as a contributing cause. You have a right to be made whole again and to discover why you became a victim. A personal injury lawsuit is a powerful tool at your disposal to accomplish both of these goals.