Missouri Causes of Truck Accidents Attorney
Truck drivers have to jump through many hoops to get their commercial drivers licenses (often called CDLs). If drivers have a condition called sleep apnea, they should have to pass through strict screening and evaluation, meeting especially strict requirements before they can get behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, some drivers find their way around the strict requirements. They don't do the things they should to keep other drivers safe. The result? They put other drivers' safety at risk and cause serious truck wrecks on roads throughout the United States.
At the Carter Law Offices, our Kansas City truck accident lawyers and staff hold drivers accountable for driving with sleep apnea without taking the proper precautions. For decades now, Attorney Doug Carter has been taking defendants to trial. He uses his experience and knowledge to do the right thing for our clients.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when pauses in breathing occur during sleep. These pauses — apneic events — last long enough so that one or more breaths are missed. Sleep apnea can cause sleeplessness and lead to driver fatigue during the day. It can also cause other health problems. It can be life-threatening if combined with heart trouble.
Many drivers have sleep apnea. In fact, a 2002 study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the American Trucking Association estimated that nearly one in three commercial truck drivers suffered from mild to severe obstructive sleep apnea. Lifestyle factors associated with being "on the road" account for many truck drivers having sleep disorders.
Attorney Doug Carter knows about sleep apnea firsthand because at a time in his life when he was heavier and smoked, he was diagnosed with the condition. Despite that diagnosis, Mr. Carter maintained his pilot's license. Doing so required rigorous testing and compliance. Because he knows what it takes to be compliant, he knows when drivers are cutting corners and putting others at risk.
Getting the Best Possible Results
At the Carter Law Offices, we have spent the last decade and a half focusing on one thing: getting the best possible results for our clients. To do this, we must conduct thorough investigations in trucking accident cases. We work with well-qualified experts and review truckers' employment records to spot any problems. When we have reason to believe a medical issue is involved — like sleep apnea or even vision issues — we discover the answers. Was the driver compliant with his C-Pap machine? Had he had any previous episodes? We find out.
If you or a loved one have been hurt, we would like to hear from you. Give us a call at 816-283-3500 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Missouri truck accident attorney. At Carter Law Offices, we can make a difference for people hurt by truck drivers with sleep apnea.