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Is it serious? Minor health conditions of truckers and crash risk

In New York, you might encounter quite a few commercial vehicles on your commute every day, thanks to consumer demand for goods bolstering the trucking industry. While the growing need for increased shipping across the nation’s highways indicates a healthy economy, the physical strain from long hours on the road may be detrimental to the individual health of truckers. According to Science Daily, the lifestyle that comes from long days on the road and difficult shifts is linked to health conditions that compromise commercial vehicle operators’ ability to drive, as well as your safety on the roads around them.

Many truckers receive treatment for common health problems that arise from the nature of the job, such as sleep apnea, diabetes and high blood pressure. While issues from a serious condition may keep a trucker off the road, new research indicates that three relatively minor concerns could just as easily lead to a crash. In fact, you are much more likely to be in a truck accident with a driver who has diabetes in conjunction with high blood pressure and sleep apnea, even though no single one of these would prevent him or her from passing the required physical examination.

Since you are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident with a large truck than the driver is, the findings of this recent study may unsettle you as you encounter tractor trailers on the roads. Even so, guidelines being used right now to regulate operator health do not factor in the increased risk caused by multiple health problems. This educational information should not be interpreted as legal or medical advice.

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