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How 2 common trucker health risks affect roadway safety

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2022 | Truck Accidents

Trucking is a dream job for many Americans and one that can be achieved with a bit of training and hard work. It seems like an easy job, driving on the open roads, with the wind in your face and the radio on your favorite channel. 

What truckers don’t realize are the health dangers that come with the job can actually pose a danger not only to the truckers themselves but to everyone around them out there on the road.

Truckers are at high risk of obesity 

Truckers have to sit for many hours for their job. Companies may push a deadline leading to a trucker skipping out on much-needed food, water and sleep. The easiest way for these truckers to stay on the road is by grabbing a quick high-calorie meal with a large high-sugar and caffeinated drink. 

Sleep deprivation, little exercise, unhealthy food and caffeine is a quick combination that leads straight to obesity. Obesity can cause heart disease, sleep apnea, cancer and Type 2 diabetes without the right treatment. A trucker can cause serious injuries to the drivers around them if they suddenly collapse because of their health issues.

Truckers may fall into depression 

Can you imagine being in a small room for hours with only yourself to socialize with? It may seem lonely, boring, stressful and devoid of any happiness. That’s about how some truck drivers feel when doing their job. 

Isolation, stress and fatigue can lead a trucker into depression. Depression can lead a person to paranoia, erraticism and insomnia making a trucker unsafe to drive around others. A trucker may fall asleep or lose focus causing them to drift or suddenly stop, putting drivers around them in danger. 

If you’ve recently been in a collision with a truck then you may need to know your options. You may be able to pay for medical bills or recover from your losses.