Truck Drivers and Medical Conditions

Accidents involving large commercial trucks can be very dangerous and cause devastating damage and injury.  For this reason, the truck industry is very heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to try to protect motorists.  Truck drivers themselves are held to a higher standard than drivers of regular passenger drivers and must follow all FMCSA regulations and must meet all the qualifications set out by the agency in order to receive a commercial driver’s license (CDL).  If an unqualified truck driver drives a commercial truck and causes an accident, they will be in violation of federal regulations and will be found negligent and liable for any resulting injuries.  If you have been injured in a truck accident, an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney can help hold negligent truck drivers responsible and get you the compensation you deserve.

Medical emergencies while a truck driver is behind the wheel can cause serious accidents.  For that reason, truck drivers may not drive if they have certain medical conditions.  A medical examination is part of the CDL application process to determine whether the driver has any potentially risky conditions that may pose a danger while driving.  Some medical conditions that may disqualify a commercial driver include:

  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Impairments of limbs
  • Epilepsy
  • Some heart conditions
  • Diabetes that requires insulin control
  • Some respiratory conditions
  • Anxiety or certain psychiatric disorders
  • Conditions requiring certain types of prescription medications

In some cases, truck drivers with the above medical conditions can get an exception if they have a recommendation from their doctor that they are able to safely drive.  Otherwise, driving with any disqualifying medical conditions is against regulations.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a truck accident because the driver suffered from a disqualifying or dangerous medical condition, you deserve to receive a fair settlement to reimburse you for your injuries and losses.  Do not hesitate to contact a truck accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law for help with your case.  Call today at (980) 246-2656.

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