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Unhealthy Truck Drivers can Cause Injuries

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Unhealthy Truck Drivers can Cause Injuries In order to receive a commercial driver's license (CDL),1 an individual must meet strict requirements set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These requirements are intended to make sure that large and potentially dangerous commercial vehicles are only operated by individuals who a capable of doing so in a safe manner. Drivers must undergo certain training, pass examinations, demonstrate driving skills, and also pass a medical examination.

Importance of healthy truck drivers

The FMCSA medical requirements [2] are important to ensure that drivers are in adequate physical and mental health to safely operate a truck that may weigh up to 80,000 pounds and that may cause devastating damage and injuries in the event of a collision. If a driver has certain health conditions they may not be able to steer the truck or navigate the pedals. Additionally, some conditions may cause a driver to suddenly suffer an emergency health event while behind the wheel. If a driver loses consciousness or otherwise suffers a blackout while on the highway, catastrophic collisions can result.

Some examples of health conditions that may disqualify a driver include:

·         Heart disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke

·         Epilepsy, diabetes, or other conditions that may cause seizures

·         Arthritis

·         Low muscle strength

·         Vision or hearing impairments

·         Psychotic disorders

If a truck driver knows they have any of these conditions that are not properly controlled or treated, they should be held fully responsible if their poor health causes injuries to other motorists.

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1https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license

2https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/medical