Motor Traffic Accidents in Snoring and Sleep Apnea Patients:
Sleepiness at the wheel, or drowsy driving, is said to be the cause of about 20% of road accidents on major highways where accidents happen at high speed and no signs of any avoidance – e.g. braking – being taken, leaving no road marks of braking . In fact it’s the cause of more road deaths than alcohol. Patients with sleep apnea (abnormal snorers) exhibit poorer performance than control subjects on several types of driving simulators. In addition, the automobile crash rate for these patients has been estimated as two to three times greater than for all drivers.
There is a need for more awareness of this condition in public, medical community and Traffic department.
Those who snore, please get treated for your sake and sake of others.It is negligence if you don’t and you are liable for civil and criminal litigation, if you injure or kill others by your fault.