USAttorneys talks about truck accidents caused by medical events
Lincoln, NE- Wrecks involving semis, tankers, and other large commercial trucks can be the result of several factors. Speed, drowsy and distracted driving along with mechanical failure are among the most common causes of truck accidents in the U.S. However; there is one less often seen and lesser known cause truck accidents: medical events. In this article our team of truck accident lawyers in Lincoln, Nebraska will discuss how victims can recover compensation if a medical event played a role in their crash.
Truck drivers and medical conditions
Bloomberg reports that the average age of truck drivers in the U.S. is 55 years-old. After age fifty, many people begin developing medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and other potentially debilitating conditions. Not all truck drivers are unhealthy, but the sedentary nature of the job can lead to diminished health which in rare cases can lead to a devastating crash.Hypertension and diabetes are two chronic medical conditions common among truck drivers.
Diabetes and hypertension
In a 2013 survey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discovered that 69 percent of truck drivers in the U.S. were obese which is double the rate of workers in other occupations. The same survey found that 17 percent of truck drivers were morbidly obese, and it’s no secret that obesity can lead to heart conditions and Type II diabetes. Usually, sufferers can manage their medical conditions without affecting others, but sometimes an unforeseen event occurs, and a horrific crash follows.
Another common condition for truck drivers is hypertension and high cholesterol. The FMCSA mentioned above found that 26 percent of truck driver suffered from high blood pressure, while 22 percent had high cholesterol. Half of truck drivers survey admitted to smoking cigarettes, a habit that only makes hypertension and other heart conditions worse.
What happens when a truck driver experiences a medical event?
So, what happens if a truck driver has a heart attack behind the wheel? What are the liability rules when an accident is caused by a medical event? How can a victim recover compensation?
When a medical event causes a truck accident, a driver or trucking company can invoke the “Sudden Medical Emergency” doctrine. Under the principles of that doctrine, a medical event can be considered an “Act of God” because it is not something anyone can control or anticipate. That means negligence is not considered the cause and that alone can present challenges for victims who hope to recover compensation. Fortunately, for you as a victim, asserting the “sudden medical emergency defense,” does not automatically excuse and at-fault party from being financially liable for a victim’s injuries.
USAttorneys recommends you speak with a truck accident lawyer in Lincoln, Nebraska if you were hurt by a truck driver who suffered a medical event. You will benefit from having a legal expert on your side whether you decide to settle your claim or take your case to court. Let USAttorneys connect you with someone who will advocate for your rights.