Health Events can Lead to Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks weigh many, many times what your car does and accidents involving these vehicles are especially dangerous. Many factors can lead to commercial truck collisions and those causes include all of those that are usually associated with motor vehicle crashes, including driving while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, mechanical failure, and driver error. But there are also other important considerations and the health of a truck driver is a vital one.
The Responsibilities of the Big Rig Driver
Driving a tractor trailer naturally involves greater driver responsibility, increased training, heightened safety checks, and many other important guidelines. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict requirements1 in place that mandate that anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL)2 must be healthy enough to safely operate these giant and dangerous vehicles. It’s a fact of the road, however, that this is not always the case. Indeed, some drivers ignore their health issues, continue to drive commercial rigs after developing serious health conditions, and find ways to bypass the health restrictions set forth by the FMCSA. This is a dangerous game for a semi driver to play and it presents serious risks of injury for everyone on the road.
Health Conditions that Pose the Greatest Threat
There are certain health conditions that are known to contribute to those serious medical events that pose the greatest threat to a driver’s ability to control a commercial truck:
- Heart disease;
- High blood pressure;
- Moderate to severe arthritis;
- Muscle or bone weakness;
- Vision and hearing impairments; and
- Mental health conditions.
It is the responsibility of all commercial truck drivers to monitor their own health for dangerous conditions such as these.
Liability and Loss
When commercial drivers knowingly continue to operate their commercial vehicles after developing one of these conditions, those drivers are usually held fully liable for any and all losses incurred in an accident along with their employers. Driving with one of these health conditions is especially dangerous for commercial drivers, and even the trucking company can be implicated in the claim of negligence against the commercial driver. The losses for the victim of an accident caused by a commercial driver’s known health condition are quite varied and may include:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages and employee benefits;
- Emotional pain and suffering;
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Permanent and temporary disabilities;
- Decreased quality of life; and
- Many others.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a commercial truck crash, first seek immediate medical attention and then discuss your situation with a highly experienced truck accident attorney.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in the Clearwater Area Today
If you or your loved one has been in an accident caused by a commercial driver in the Clearwater area, do not hesitate to call Dolman Law Group. We are here to help and we are well versed in commercial truck collision law. We have the resources to stand up for your rights to trucking companies and their insurers, so please call Dolman Law Group at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765