Commercial truck drivers are notorious for not seeking regular medical attention or treatment. According to studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), many truck drivers never visit doctors despite the risk of potentially serious health problems and conditions. If a driver suffers from a severe health problem, it may sometimes affect his competence in driving commercial trucks and, therefore, it is very important for drivers to treat their illnesses. If you have been injured by a truck driver suffering from an untreated medical condition, a truck accident lawyer in Coweta County can help you recover for any injuries or damages you suffered.
Common health problems in truck drivers
First, FMCSA studies have shown that many truck drivers suffer from a variety of physical ailments. For example, drivers may experience arthritis or other joint or bone conditions simply from sitting in the same position for such prolonged periods of time. Due to such problems, a truck driver may not be able to suddenly react to certain hazardous situation as quickly with his feet on the pedals or in turning the wheel. Furthermore, many truck drivers eat on the road, generally relying on fast food restaurants or truck stops serving greasy food for most of their meals. As a result, many truck drivers suffer from heart problems, high cholesterol, and other obesity related diseases. If untreated, these conditions can lead to sudden heart attacks or strokes behind the wheel, which can cause accidents.
Second, many truck drivers suffer from mental conditions. Sometimes, the only human contact they experience is during brief stops at truck stops with other truckers and this can be trying. FMCSA reports that depression is common among truck drivers and they often seek solace in illegal drugs or other self-medication instead of seeing proper medical professionals. This can lead to dangerous results, including severe truck accidents.
If you have been in a trucking accident that was caused by a driver’s untreated health problem or other driver error, the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Contact our office at (770) 487-8999 to set up a free consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney today.