Clayton Lake, ME- Commercial trucking accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Speed, fatigue and mechanical failure are the leading causes of truck accidents, but some accidents result from factors outside a truck driver’s control such as a medical event.
Maine Truck Accident Possibly Caused by Mechanical Failure
Maine State Police say that a 51-year-old truck driver who ran off the road may have suffered a medical event before crashing into a stream in the North Maine Woods.
Police said they found a driver deceased inside his dump truck which had overturned in Ross Stream around 8 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017.
Maine State Police Lt. Brian Harris said they suspect the driver lost control of his truck after a medical event but said the crash is still under investigation, the Bangor Daily News reports.
Truck Drivers and Medical Events
In a survey of truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 38 percent of truck drivers lacked health insurance compared to 17 percent of the rest of the working population. That means there are a lot of truckers on the road who could have an undiagnosed or untreated medical condition.
Two medical conditions common to commercial truck drivers are diabetes and high blood pressure. The FMCSA found that 69 percent of the nation’s truck drivers are obese which put them at risk of developing one or both of those medical conditions. Twenty-two percent of truckers had high cholesterol, and 26 percent had high blood pressure, according to the FMCSA. Additionally, half of the truck drivers surveyed by the FMCSA smoke cigarettes which further increases their chances of developing hypertension.
Both conditions are manageable but left untreated a driver can experience an adverse event behind the wheel such as a blackout or a heart attack and cause a catastrophic wreck.
Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer in Maine
When a medical event is the primary cause of a truck accident, victims face difficulties recovering compensation because an insurer or trucking company can argue that they are financially liable because no negligence was involved. That’s a difficult challenge to overcome. That is why you need to hire a truck accident lawyer in Maine to work on your case. They understand how to overcome the hurdles between you and fair compensation and know how to build a compelling negligence case.
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