Traffic accidents

Sleep apnea sufferers have a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle accidents (from four to six times).1,2,3

It is estimated that in the USA, each year, there are 310,000 obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)-related collisions causing:

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

The risks of driving when sleepy can be as dangerous as when driving illegally under the influence of alcohol 5,6

OSA sufferers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.7

The increased risk of collisions due to OSA is reduced when patients are treated with CPAP.8,9

On a related topic, OSA sufferers have twice the risk of workplace accidents.10

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