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The health of commercial truck drivers

South Carolina motorists may benefit from knowing that commercial truck drivers with at least three health conditions have four times the chances of getting into a crash than healthier ones. This conclusion is based on the results of a study conducted at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The study also found that truck drivers have trouble staying in good health because of their poor eating and sleeping habits and the long periods of time they tend to be in a sitting position.

The medical records for almost 50,000 commercial truck drivers were examined for the study. The researchers found that slightly more than a third of the drivers had indications of one or more health issues linked to poor driving. This included low back pain, diabetes and heart disease. Also, when the traffic records of the drivers were examined, it was discovered that those with at least three of the flagged medical conditions had a greater chance of having had been in a crash.

In calculating crash rates, the researchers considered the amount of commercial truck driving experience, age and any other factors that could impact one's driving ability. The rate for crashes associated with injuries among all drivers was 29 per 100 million miles traveled, while the rate for drivers with three or more ailments was 93 per 100 million miles traveled.

Poor sleeping habits can also lead to truck driver fatigue, and that is a cause of many semi truck crashes. Truck drivers might also be drowsy because their employers have required them to forego rest breaks in order to adhere to a delivery schedule. A person who is injured in a crash due to a truck driver's nodding off behind the wheel may want to meet with an attorney to see if the trucking company could be held financially responsible.

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