The number of Missouri commercial truck accidents has the FMCSA looking at new ways to make the roads safer. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the federal body that regulates the trucking industry. The goal of the FMCSA is to reduce the number of truck accidents across the United States. In furtherance of this goal, the FMCSA is studying sleep apnea and how it causes serious truck accidents.
Many over the road truck drivers have developed some degree of sleep apnea which can be directly responsible for causing critical automobile accidents. Due to the highly irregular sleeping habits of truck drivers, a lifestyle which forces them to spend long blocks of time away from home, and a generally unhealthy lifestyle, many truck drivers have succumbed to obesity. Coincidentally, the fast food industry dominates most truck stops, giving truckers few options to eat healthy. Sleep apnea is directly caused by obesity and irregular sleeping habits. According to one study, over 66% of truck drivers are considered obese, with a staggering 28-42% deemed to have obstructive sleep apnea. New legislation is expected which will mandate screening and treatment of those truck drivers suffering from sleep apnea. Treatment includes losing weight, increasing physical exercise and proper use of a CPAP breathing device.
Often, Missouri commercial truck drivers are inadequately trained before being sent out to share the road with other trucks and much smaller, more vulnerable vehicles. One of the most often-cited reasons for commercial trucking accidents in Missouri is fatigue. Although there are federal rules which regulate driving hours, many drivers and their employers circumvent those rules in an attempt to squeeze in more loads.
If you or someone close to you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a truck, an experienced Missouri commercial truck accident attorney is well aware of the laws governing truck drivers as well as the many ways those laws are routinely circumvented. Being diagnosed with sleep apnea requires the truck driver and his or her employer to monitor the condition carefully to ensure the safety of the smaller vehicles on the road, and your personal injury attorney will make sure that monitoring has taken place.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients. Below are some of our recent personal injury case results.
"Overall, I had a great experience working with The Bradley Law Firm!! I would recommend Ryan and his team to anyone. Being involved in a car accident can be quite stressful and dealing with insurance companies can be even more stressful. Having Ryan in my corner lifted a huge burden off my shoulders and made this process much easier for me. They handled everything. Tina is great…she is awesome! She’s extremely patient and kept me informed throughout the entire process. The Bradley Law Firm team is very personable, easy to talk to, and a pleasure to work with."
Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients.
It is our mission to ensure you receive a maximum recovery for all of your damages, to the fullest extent under the law.
1424 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
St. Louis Lawyer Disclaimer: The legal information offered herein by The Bradley Law Firm, is not formal legal advice, nor is it the formation of an attorney client relationship. In order for our firm to be considered your attorney there must be a signed agreement between the client and the firm. Any results set forth herein are based solely upon the circumstances of that particular case and offer no promise or guarantee upon the outcome of any other case. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation. This site is not intended to solicit clients outside the State of Missouri or Illinois. The Bradley Law Firm may co-counsel or associate with other law firms around the country at its discretion from initial intake through litigation when it deems appropriate.