ResMed Logo

Traffic accidents

According to published research, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) sufferers have a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle accidents (from four to six times).1,2,3

It’s estimated that each year in the USA there are 310,000 sleep apnoea-related collisions causing:

  • 1,400 fatalities4
  • $15.9 billion in collision costs4

What’s more, the risks of driving when sleepy can be as dangerous as when driving under the influence of alcohol.5,6

Some studies have shown that OSA sufferers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.7 However, the increased risk of collisions due to OSA is reduced when patients are treated with CPAP.8,9

OSA is known to impair attention and vigilance, long-term visual and verbal memory, construction and special ability, and impact on executive function, which has the potential to result in serious production losses including premature workforce separation, high rates of absenteeism, lower productivity, difficultly concentrating and performing monotonous tasks, as well as higher rates of workplace accidents10,11. In fact, OSA sufferers have twice the risk of workplace accidents.12

More Articles

AutoSet technology
Learn more about the differences between fixed pressure and auto-adjusting therapy devices
Explore research about diabetes in relation to sleep and respiratory care.
Mandibular repositioning devices
Mandibular Repositioning Devices are often used as an alternative treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Learn about ResMed’s Narval CCTM, a premier and personalised oral therapy device.