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Medical issues could increase risk of a truck crash

Study results released in January 2017 suggest a continued need to investigate the correlation between poor driver health and the increased risk of a trucking crash, and motorists in Illinois and other states may want to take note. Although the research is focused on risk as it pertains to commercial truck operators, results indicate that accidents involving commercial trucks may negatively impact other vehicles and their drivers. According to the senior author of the study, which was conducted by University of Utah School of Medicine researchers, the health status of commercial truckers could ultimately affect the safety of occupants of other vehicles.

Because the job requires them to remain behind the wheel for long periods of time without access to nutritious meals and restful sleep, commercial operators are particularly susceptible to a number of health concerns. Although heart disease, diabetes and lower back pain have been linked to poor driving performance in truckers for some time, the new research suggests that health issues might be even riskier than previously believed.

Investigators have now revealed that truckers who have a combination of at least three flagged medical conditions are more likely to have been involved in a trucking accident than drivers who enjoy better health. Crash categories that were evaluated in the study include preventable accidents and accidents in which injuries were reported.

Big rig accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles, in large part due to the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers. People who have been harmed might want to meet with an attorney to see if a determination can be made as to the party or parties that should be held financially responsible.

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