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Truckers Non-Compliant with Sleep Apnea Therapy at Risk for Crashes

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Truck drivers who fail to adhere to their prescribed sleep apnea treatment significantly increase their risk of serious preventable crashes, according to a recently published study on the subject. The study compared 1,613 truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea with the same number of comparable drivers without the condition. The drivers with sleep apnea were… Read more »

Sleep Apnea Compromises Safety of Rail & Highway Transportation

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Sleep apnea poses many risks to those who are affected, but perhaps the most immediate danger is the threat of nodding off while driving – a side effect that often results in catastrophe. Chronic fatigue and sleepiness caused by obstructive sleep apnea is known to impair driving drastically, making motorists more susceptible to vehicle accidents…. Read more »

Researchers Identify Biggest Distracted Driving Risks

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The problem of distracted driving has become a common concern among law enforcement and motorists alike. Now, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have identified the most dangerous culprits in distracted driving accidents and other factors that can increase a driver’s chances of a crash. The hope is that by determining the riskiest distractions, steps can… Read more »

Drowsy Driving is a National Epidemic

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In 2002, a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that 37 percent of drivers surveyed self-reported nodding off at least briefly at the wheel. In 2010, a similar study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that 41 percent of drivers reported falling asleep while driving. The results… Read more »

Dramatic Experiment Shows Drowsy Driving Dangers

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While it may prove challenging to attribute a serious or even fatal motor vehicle accident to drowsy driving, it is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that roughly 2.5 percent of all deadly crashes and 2 percent of severe personal injuries involve fatigued motorists. The National Sleep Foundation further attributes 1,550 deaths each… Read more »

CDC Reports that 4.2% of Drivers are Dangerously Drowsy

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Research suggests that drivers severely lacking sleep may be a serious hazard to the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study revealing that as many as 7,500 fatal car crashes occur in the U.S. each year involving drowsy driving. Results of the study are from a 2009-2010 survey conducted by… Read more »

Maine Parents Tirelessly Advocate for Trucking Safety After Son Killed In Highway Crash

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Twenty years ago,  Daphne and Steve Izer received news that would change their lives forever.  Their son, 17-year-old Jeff Izer,  had been killed in an accident on the Maine Turnpike.  While parked in the breakdown lane,  a tractor-trailer rolled over on Jeff’s small vehicle.  The accident killed four teens,  including Jeff’s girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Angie Dubec…. Read more »