The report by MPR notes that some commercial trucking companies are taking proactive steps to increase trucker’s compliance with treatment. This includes supplying their drivers with sleep apnea breathing devices that treat the disorder while also uploading data so the company can monitor treatment. A failure to follow agreed upon treatment can be used as cause for termination.
The findings are also likely to play a role in the upcoming rule making process launched by the Department of Transportation. This process is set to take up sleep apnea standards for truck drivers and train operators.
Remedies for victims
The dangers of drowsy driving are particularly concerning when large trucks are involved. An accident with a large truck can be catastrophic due to the simple physics of a much more massive truck colliding with a smaller passenger vehicle. Depending on the details of the accident, remedies may be available for victims. These remedies can include monetary awards to help cover the costs associated with the crash. Contact an experienced truck driver fatigue lawyer to discuss your options and better ensure your legal rights and any potential remedies are protected.