(800) 738-4046
Local: (214) 231-0544

We know what it takes to win.

To Reduce Truck Accidents FMCSA Considers New Sleep Apnea Rule

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 4, 2015

Truck RulesSleep apnea is a condition in which a sleeping person doesn’t get enough oxygen because of physical blockages in the airway as they sleep. A person who has sleep apnea might wake up many times during the night. This leads to poor rest, fatigue, and an increased risk of accidents. Including truck crashes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been aware of the risks of sleep apnea for truck drivers for many years. It has attempted several steps to help drivers get tested and treated for the condition.

Recently, the FMCSA announced that it’s gathering data to update and refine this requirement. The FMCSA announced on October 1 that it sent a draft of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the White House. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will alert interested parties in the trucking industry of a federal agency’s desire to gather information before it proposes changes in the rules.

The FMCSA is considering a rule that would list specific risk factors for sleep apnea. It would require drivers who have multiple risk factors to be tested for sleep apnea and treated, if they are diagnosed. Drivers already have a physical every two years to maintain their commercial drivers’ license (CDL). The new requirements would include a sleep apnea exam. If the driver shows enough risk factors, the driver will be tested and treated before heading back onto the road.

If you have any questions about sleep apnea and its dangers, contact The Law Office of WT Johnson at (800) 738-4046.

Related Articles:

Posted in: Truck Accident

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

Office Location

The Law Office of WT Johnson
901 Main Street
Suite 6551
Dallas, Texas 75202

Toll Free: (800) 738-4046
Local: (214) 231-0544
Click for directions

Connect With Us

Copyright & Disclaimer

The Law Office of WT Johnson Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation on your particular legal matter. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the state of Texas.

© 2017 by The Law Office of WT Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

Website Design, SEO and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting | Blog Sitemap