Could a Trucker’s Medical Condition Have Caused Your Truck Crash Injuries?
In the immediate aftermath of your truck accident, you know that you are hurt, you know that you did not cause the crash, and you know that you need help. What you don’t yet know is whether or not the trucker had a medical condition that caused the wreck.
Trucking companies are supposed to guarantee their drivers are well enough to guide a big rig, yet every year medically unfit drivers cause severe collision injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a truck wreck, then you deserve to know why the accident occurred and to get the damages to which you are legally entitled.
Federal Regulations Require Truckers to Be Medically Fit
Federal regulations require non-excepted truckers to prove that they are medically fit to drive before they obtain commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs). However, some truckers may lie about their health, some trucking companies may not do the required background checks to determine if their drivers have any health conditions that could impact their jobs, and some medical conditions may be unknown until they occur behind the wheel. Thus, while the regulations seek to protect people from dangerous truck crashes caused by truckers’ health conditions, some serious accidents may still occur.
Potentially Dangerous Medical Conditions for Truckers and Other Motorists
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Medical Examination Report for commercial drivers identifies many different medical conditions that need to be reported because they may be potentially dangerous. Some of those medical conditions include:
- Head or brain injuries or illnesses.
- Vision problems.
- Hearing problems.
- Heart conditions.
- High blood pressure.
- Breathing or lung problems.
- Digestive problems.
- Mental health conditions.
- Neck or back problems.
- Amputations or limited use of an arm, hand, finger, leg, foot or toe.
- Bone, muscle, joint, or nerve problems.
- Sleep problems, including sleep apnea.
The detailed form also requests information on other symptoms and conditions that could be potentially dangerous.
How to Know If a Medically Unfit Trucker Caused Your Crash
Determining whether the driver who hurt you was medically unfit will require an investigation by an experienced legal team. Our attorneys will make sure that you know the true cause of your accident injuries and that all of the responsible parties are held accountable for the harm that you have suffered. To learn more, please contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer.