TORONTO — Think the sleep apnea issue can remain on your back burner? Celadon sure knows better.
A Texas widow recently won a $3.25-million lawsuit against the carrier, claiming that the driver in the Celadon truck that collided with her car was a sleep-apnea sufferer. Furthermore, he had been fired from a previous job because he refused to have as sleep-apnea test.
The lawsuit was filed in Dallas County District Court and the award was announced in mid-December.
According to local media reports, Wanda Lindsay and her husband John were stopped at a construction zone near Texarcana when they were rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. Evidence showed that the trucker was in cruise and traveling at about 65 mph. Mr. Lindsay died as a result of the crash.
After the crash, Lindsay’s lawyer Jim Cole testified that the truck driver had severe uncontrolled sleep apnea and had tried to gain employment with 30 other companies before being hired by Celadon. Cole also acknowledged that the settlement marks the first time a trucking company has acknowledged that sleep apnea might have contributed to a crash involving a death.
Sleep apnea is growing into one of the trucking industry’s most pressing issues.
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