There are a number of factors that can lead to trucking accidents in Kentucky. Unfortunately, one of the most dangerous causes is truck driver fatigue. Drowsy driving is a major public safety concern for people behind the wheel of any vehicle, but it’s especially troubling for those driving massive loads during lengthy shifts.
Studies have found that sleep apnea, a disorder that prevents sufferers from breathing properly while asleep, can be a major factor in truck driver fatigue. Due to the danger that untreated sleep apnea could pose to the drivers themselves and others on the roadways, federal authorities have pushed for more testing of the condition among truckers. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is currently facing a lawsuit from a trucking industry group over new sleep apnea screening guidelines.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association charges that FMCSA violated a 2013 law that requires it to go through a full public process before issuing any new trucking guidelines related to sleep apnea testing. However, FMCSA says that the lawsuit applies to a guidance on medical examinations for truck drivers that only restated existing rules. While a federal appeals court panel agreed with the FMCSA in January 2018, the association is seeking a rehearing before the full court.
Injuries caused by truck accidents can have severe and lifelong effects. People who have been injured due to a trucking accident caused by truck driver fatigue can work with personal injury attorneys to pursue compensation for their damages. Compensation may cover pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more.