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Driver Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Serious Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Serious tractor-trailer accidents, like the June 27th crash involving a UPS semi-truck driver and the June 7th collision that killed one man and severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan, have raised awareness about sleep apnea within the commercial trucking industry. Although anyone who has been behind the wheel for several hours at a time has probably experienced fatigue and drowsiness, commercial truck drivers can cause serious injury and death when they fall asleep on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a tractor-trailer traveling 55 miles per hour can traverse the length of entire football field within 4.6 seconds. In other words, a truck driver who nods off for just a few seconds can cause devastation on the highway. (more…)
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