A recent study found that commercial truck drivers with three or more medical conditions double or quadruple their chance for being in a crash than healthier drivers. The study let by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that truck drivers poor health could be dangerous not only to themselves, but to other drivers around them. The study found the rate of crashes resulting in injury among all truck drivers was 20 per 100 million miles traveled. For truck drivers with three or more medical conditions, the rate of crashes shot up to 93 per every 100 million miles traveled.
This study tells us that truck drivers with poor health could lead to increased crash risk. Some truck drivers have difficulty keeping healthy due to their line of occupation. Truck drivers typically sit for long periods of time, deal with poor sleep and have difficulty finding healthy meals, verses fast food, when working. These problems lead to truck drivers declining health. One study finds that over 1/3 of all commercial truck drivers have at least one medical condition such as heart disease, low back pain or diabetes. The study finds that one health condition experienced by truck drivers, such as diabetes, is manageable, but diabetes in combination with other medical conditions such as high blood pressure and anxiety, can greatly increase the risk of a truck crash that not only injures the truck driver, but can also injure other innocent victims traveling on the road.
The study concludes its in the public’s best interest to continue to investigate the issue of health of our nations commercial truck drivers. Occupants of other vehicle’s get injured in approximately 75% of all crashes involving trucks. Perhaps one solution would be to make sure our commercial truck drivers know the health risk’s of working for long periods driving in a sedentary capacity. This way, Commercial Truck drivers will be able to limit the decline of their health causing less of a chance of a truck crash causing bodily injury to themselves or other travelers that share the road with them. If you or a loved one have experienced a motor vehicle crash with a truck, please contact an experienced attorney, such as the ones at The Law Offices of Michael O. Smith at 15 Broad Street, in Boston, to understand your rights and remedies.