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Heart Problems and Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all individuals looking to get a commercial driver’s license undergo a medical evaluation and provide necessary verification of their health. The FMCSA has health regulations because it does not want truck drivers to suddenly fall ill or suffer some sort of episode while behind the wheel of a large tractor trailer. In fact, accidents often occur because a truck driver has a sudden medical issue and loses control of the truck. If you have been in an accident because a truck driver failed to pass medical exams, you will likely be able to hold that driver accountable for his dangerous behavior and should contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for assistance today.

 

On common category of medical issues that may keep a truck driver from the road is heart conditions. Some heart conditions can cause a heart attack or other type of episode that causes the driver to lose focus and crash include:

 

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Angina
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Inflammatory Heart Disease

 

Such conditions may cause sudden bouts of shortness of breath, fatigue, fainting, hyperventilation, or even a full blown heart attack. Truck drivers who have heart conditions may not be fit to drive their trucks as such symptoms may cause them to lose control and cause accidents and injuries.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Every truck driver should be in adequate medical shape to operate their large commercial truck in a safe manner that does not put other drivers on the road at risk of injury. If a truck driver has a serious heart problem or condition and they drive anyway and cause an accident, that driver should be held liable for their actions and violations of federal trucking regulations. An experienced truck accident lawyer can assist you in receiving the proper compensation you deserve for your injuries, so you should not hesitate to call (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia