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Congress files bills asking for FMSCA rule

In the summer of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it would table a rule related to sleep apnea testing. However, there were bills filed in both the House and the Senate that would direct the FMCSA to adopt such a rule anyway. Sponsors include Chuck Schumer from New York and Cory Booker from New Jersey. Throughout 2016, the agency had taken suggestions from its own Medical Advisory Board as well as from truckers and others impacted by the rule.

Some drivers believe that current sleep apnea rules are just a way for doctors and testing companies to make money. Currently, there are several different standards that are used to refer a driver for testing. If a rule was passed, it would result in a uniform standard as to when testing should occur for sleep apnea. It would also create a set standard for how workers would be treated for the condition if diagnosed with it.

Truck accidents may leave one or more drivers, passengers or pedestrians with serious injuries. If a crash was caused by driver negligence, it may be possible for an injured victim to obtain a financial award in a settlement or from a jury. Compensation may pay for medical bills or help make up for lost wages. An attorney may be able to help obtain evidence to show that negligence occurred.

Information recorded in a log book may show that a driver was tired when a crash occurred. If a commercial vehicle didn't slow down prior to the crash occurring, it may be evidence of an inattentive truck driver. Toxicology reports may indicate if a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a vehicle that was involved in a crash causing bodily injury.

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