dluns where is the brightline here? You seem to advocate discrimination based on a disease? Should a person who does not have 20/20 vision, asthma, diabetes, etc be able to drive a semi? What about if they are over 60? Anyone who knows anything about the complex situation of sleep apnea knows it can be treated (CPAP is a 100 percent effective treatment). I cant say anything on the merits of the case, but if the driver was not using CPAP then I could see the liability. If Cole is sueing just because the driver was diagnosed and was being treated, then another reason for tort reform. The sad thing about the quality of this article is that it did not discuss treatment or do anything on educating the effectiveness of treatment of apnea which is sad.
Ok, let's back up here. Anyone who has sleep apnea should NOT be driving a semi, that's for sure. But every trucker I have ever known has been pushed to drive as much as they can- even over their log hours- at least once in their careers. And often, if they protest they soon find themselves in trouble with the boss. Let's focus on bringing trucker supervisors to task and forcing them to follow the rules first.