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First sleepy trucker case settled for $3 million, sleep-apnea rules to come

The first lawsuit against a commercial carrier blaming sleep apnea for contributing to a fatal highway crash was settled earlier this month in Texas. Wanda Lindsay, who became an activist against sleep apnea in the trucking industry after her husband was killed in a May 2010 crash, settled with Celadon for $3 million. Mrs. Lindsay and her husband John had been enjoying retired life to the fullest – spending time with their children and grandchildren, planning trips, and traveling, when a sleep-apnea afflicted truck driver slammed into the back of their vehicle while it was stopped in a highway construction ... Read More

After devastating loss, Texas woman declares war on sleep apnea in the trucking industry

“I am on a mission. I am going to wage a war against sleep apnea in the trucking industry,” says Wanda Lindsay in an introductory video for a foundation she started to raise awareness about the dangers of sleep apnea and to honor the memory of her husband John. Last year, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay had been enjoying the retired life to the fullest – spending time with their children and grandchildren, planning trips, and traveling. But all of that changed suddenly for the Texas couple in May 2010 when they came to a stop in a construction zone while ... Read More

Simple new test may help identify drivers at risk for sleep apnea, fatigue

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health are evaluating a new testing and screening method that may help identify commercial drivers at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleeping disorder that has been found to cause fatigue and slow reaction times. Lead researcher Stefanos N. Kales says the test, which comes in advance of a federal sleep apnea testing requirement, is “extremely promising as a potential, 10-minute frontline check for sleepiness” that can be administered at federally mandated professional drivers’ licensing exams. An abstract in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which published the ... Read More

Medical condition eyed as cause of NY milk truck crash

Authorities investigating a truck crash in upstate New York say the driver may have suffered a medical problem that caused his vehicle to careen off the highway Sunday afternoon. According to The Citizen, a newspaper serving Cayuga County, N.Y., David Mosier, 45, was hauling thousands of gallons of milk along an upstate highway when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle, crashed through a guard rail, and rolled into a ditch on the side of the road. The crash caused about 4,000 gallons of milk and 60 gallons of diesel fuel to spill at the site. ALYNE Trucking Company, the ... Read More

Families of victims killed in Oklahoma truck crash settle for $63 million

A civil lawsuit over a tractor trailer crash that killed 10 people on an Oklahoma interstate last year has been settled for nearly $63 million, according to attorneys for both sides. Attorneys representing eight of the victim’s families announced that a $62.7-million settlement had been reached on Wednesday, October 7, and covers those eight wrongful deaths and one personal injury claim. A lawsuit for family of the two other victims was settled previously. The crash happened on June 26 of last year when 76-year-old Donald Creed, a driver for Kansas-based Associated Wholesale Grocers, drove his tractor trailer into a number of ... Read More

Task force says sleep apnea is serious threat to truck drivers

A task force of medical professionals is calling for better screening procedures for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among drivers of commercial trucks and busses. The sleep disorder, which is characterized by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, can cause extreme drowsiness and fatigue in waking hours and is known to be prevalent among commercial drivers. In 2002, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the American Trucking Associations sponsored a study that found nearly one in three commercial truck drivers suffered from mild to severe OSA. In addition to sleeplessness and fatigue, the condition can cause acid reflux and other ... Read More

Trucking Association suggests 5 ways to fight driver fatigue

The American Trucking Association has made five recommendations to the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help reduce the hazards associated with driver fatigue. Research has found that truck drivers who feel fatigued will react more slowly and are likely to make more mistakes behind the wheel than drivers who are fully alert. Worst of all, fatigued drivers are at high risk of falling asleep and losing control of their vehicle. Commercial truck drivers have one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the country for reasons that are unique to their occupation. On one hand, long ... Read More