New research indicates the rate of preventable crashes for truckers with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was five times higher than those without the condition. The study comes on the heels of FMCSA issuing a pre-rule for regulating drivers with sleep apnea.
The new study examined data provided by Schneider National. In 2006, the carrier instituted an OSA program. Researchers compared a control group of 2,016 drivers unlikely to have the ailment with 1,613 drivers with OSA. They then compared rates of preventable serious truck crashes per 100,000 miles driven across the study groups.
Truckers with OSA who had not adhered to treatment had a preventable crash rate five times greater than those unlikely to have OSA with similar driving experience. Truckers who fully complied with OSA treatment had a crash rate no different from those who did not have the condition (Overdrive).