How a Truck Driver’s Poor Health Can Put Yours at Risk
Each time you get behind the wheel, you place considerable trust in the safe driving abilities of other people—whether or not you consciously realize it. Although auto accidents happen every day around Atlanta, it’s often assumed that most drivers are generally responsible. But all it takes is one truck driver with certain health problems to jeopardize the safety of everyone sharing the road with him or her. You can protect yourself from serious truck accidents by proactively scanning the traffic all around your car. Pay particular attention to big rigs, and give these vehicles plenty of space.
The Risks of Multiple Medical Conditions
Researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine recently published a study that points to a double to quadruple the risk of truck accidents when the truck driver has three or more medical conditions . The researchers combed through the medical records of nearly 50,000 truck drivers and found that 34% of them had at least one medical condition that could compromise the ability to drive safely. After adjusting to account for the truck drivers’ age and commercial driving experience, the researchers also found that drivers with three or riskier medical conditions had a crash frequency of 93 per 100 million miles traveled. This is substantially higher than the average crash frequency of 29 per 100 million miles traveled, which is applicable to all truck drivers.
The Ways a Trucker’s Poor Health Can Compromise Safety
So how exactly can a truck driver’s poor health put other drivers at risk? Two of the high-risk medical conditions that the researchers identified are diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes can jeopardize driving ability by causing blurry vision and vision loss. It can also cause a hypoglycemic event, which can cause the following problems:
Heart disease raises the risk of an accident because it can also cause fainting and because these patients are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke behind the wheel of a massive vehicle. Since commercial big rig operators drive for a living and spend long hours behind the wheel, these individuals may be more likely to have a heart attack while driving than the average person with heart disease.
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