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What You Should Know About Truckers and Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders On the Rise for Truck Drivers

With the number of consecutive driving hours that a standard truck driver may have to complete within a shift, it is unsurprising that driver fatigue is relatively common among this demographic. Although provisions have been put in place to allow for adequate rest times, this remains a persistent problem, and all drivers on the road may suffer because of it.

Driver fatigue is a very serious issue and accounts for nearly 100,000 crashes each year. However, there may be more debilitating health impacts that it can have on truckers. Here is what you should know:

Over One-Fourth of Truck Drivers Have Insomnia

Research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that professional truck drivers are at a much higher risk of driver fatigue and sleep disorders than the average motorist. This study found that over 60% of truck drivers may suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, including:

  • Insomnia - 27.5%
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - 25.8% to 51%
  • Unspecified Sleep Disorders - 20% to 28%

This increased risk of a sleep disorder has also been found to more than double their risk of motor vehicle accidents.

Truck Driver Fatigue is Found in 30-40% of Crashes

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) analyzed data from the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) and found that driver fatigue was one of the most underreported causes of truck accidents across the country. After performing further case studies, NTSB estimates that anywhere between 30 and 40% of truck crashes involve truck driver fatigue. Furthermore, they found a 31% incidence rate of fatigue in fatal truck crashes.

With more drivers taking to the road every day, it is imperative that all motorists make their health and safety a priority. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving and have similar effects on the body, so be sure to get adequate enough sleep before getting behind the wheel.

Lake Charles MVA Attorneys

Getting behind the wheel when not fully rested can put not only yourself in danger but risk the lives of all other motorists on the road. Reduce the probability of being involved in these preventable accidents by acting responsibly and avoiding driving while drowsy.

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