Why Health is Important for Truck Accident Prevention

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations regarding health evaluations for commercial truck drivers. In order to retain a commercial driver’s license, all drivers must undergo regular examinations from an approved medical professional, who must sign off on the truck driver’s health and fitness to drive a commercial truck. If a driver fails to seek medical attention for known issues or falsifies a medical recommendation, he is putting other in serious danger of accidents or injuries. This is due to the risk that an adverse health event may happen while he is behind the wheel of a giant truck. If you have suffered injury in a truck accident, an experienced Peachtree City truck accident lawyer can assist you with a possible legal claim.

Some examples of danger health events for truck drivers include:

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Seizures

  • Panic attacks

  • Vision or hearing loss

  • Locking up of the joints to prevent steering or pedaling capabilities

  • Migraines

  • Sudden loss of consciousness due to other disorders

  • Cognitive difficulties due to brain injuries or degenerative conditions

If a truck driver has a high risk for any of these adverse health events, he should not be driving a large commercial truck. If he continues to drive a truck knowing that his health is poor, he puts other motorists at risk of severe injuries.

Contact a Fayette County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If a truck driver fails to follow the FMCSA guidelines for health examinations and treatment, he puts all other motorists on the highways at risk of injury. If a knowingly unhealthy truck driver has an adverse health event while driving and causes an accident, a court will likely find that driver to be negligent and hold him responsible for the losses of any injured victims. If you have suffered injury in an accident because of an unhealthy driver, an experienced truck accident attorney from Shane Smith Law can help you recover. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation at (980) 246-2656.

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