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Why the Health of Truck Drivers is Important

Truck drivers are subject to a wide variety of regulations meant especially for the trucking industry, set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Perhaps most importantly, the FMCSA requires that every person who drives a commercial vehicle, such as a tractor trailer or semi-truck, have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in addition to a regular driver’s license. In order to get a commercial license, a driver must undergo additional training and skills testing to prove they can adequately handle large commercial vehicles. Another requirement of the CDL is that the driver passes a medical examination to prove that they are in good enough health to drive a truck. The health of a driver is important because drivers with serious medical conditions may cause serious accidents that injure or kill other motorists on the road. If you have been in an accident because a truck driver had a serious medical condition, an experienced truck accident attorney in Coweta County can help you receive the compensation you deserve from the responsible driver.

 

Good health is highly important for truck drivers, as suffering a heart attack, stroke, seizure, or other medical emergency while behind the wheel of a big rig can cause devastating accidents. Some medical conditions that may disqualify drivers include:

 

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Mental illness
  • Cognitive disorders

 

These are only a few examples of conditions that disqualify drivers. If a driver continues operating a commercial vehicle knowing he has a serious medical condition, he is acting negligently and should be held responsible for any accidents and injuries he causes.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident that was caused by negligence on the part of the driver or any other party, you deserve to receive a fair settlement to cover your losses. An experienced truck accident lawyer knows how to investigate the cause of your accident to hold the responsible party liable for your injuries. Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today for help at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia