Walnut Creek, CA-Considering the long hours they spend on the road and the weight of their vehicles, we expect truck drivers to be well enough that they don’t cause an accident. The Department of Transportation is not doing so well when it comes to keeping some unfit truck drivers off of the road according to a new report from CBS.
CBS reports that they reached out to authorities in states looking for data showing how many commercial accidents resulted from the driver suffering a medical condition, but they found that only four states kept such detailed records.
After analyzing commercial accident data from those four states, CBS found that in 2013 and 2014 there were 400 commercial vehicle accidents caused by a health condition. That is an alarmingly high number of health-related accidents for just four states and indicates that some drivers are continuing to drive even when their health makes then unsafe drivers.
Part of the problem is that many commercial truck drivers are afraid to disclose their health conditions because they worry about being taken off the road, as CBS’s data seems to indicate. And there are a lot of truck drivers who suffer from medical conditions that could jeopardize their safety the safety of other motorists.
A 2013 survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that 69 percent of truck drivers were obese and 17 percent were morbidly obese. Health problems associated with obesity include heart disease, sleep apnea and Type II diabetes.
Also common among truck drivers are hypertension and high cholesterol. According to the FMCSA study found that 26 percent of truck drivers suffered from hypertension, and the 22 percent had high cholesterol. What’s worse, at least half of truck drivers said they smoked which exacerbates hypertension and heart disease.
Sadly, many truck drivers don’t see doctors regularly and don’t get the treatment they need for their condition but they are sometimes able to avoid liability. The “Sudden Medical Emergency” doctrine identifies a medical event is an “Act of God,” and since a truck driver can control or anticipate when their condition is going to affect their ability to drive, they can avoid all or some of the liability for their accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident, let USAttorneys connect you with a truck accident lawyer in Walnut Creek, California to explain the options you have to recover compensation.
No matter what the cause of your accident, whether it was caused by a medical event, mechanical failure or driver error, it will to your advantage to retain a truck accident lawyer in California. At USAttorneys, we have a practiced and knowledgeable team of lawyers who strive to get you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to you for your pain and suffering.
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