Semi-trucks are a regular sight on Montana's roadways. These big rigs travel all hours of the day and night. Just a cursory glance at these huge vehicles lets you know that you should exercise caution while in their proximity. And while you as a motorist can do what you can to avoid being in accidents with trucks, much of the responsibility resides with the truck drivers.
In order to travel the great distances required to make their deliveries, truck drivers must work long hours. They can be on the road for many days at a stretch. To safely operate a truck, a driver should be mentally focused and physically strong enough to face the rigors of such a strenuous job.
Unfortunately, many of those who call truck driving their profession suffer from symptoms of ill health. This may be due in part to the fact that when out on the road, truck drivers have limited dietary options. They often must grab what they can from fast-food restaurants. So, truck drivers are often pairing high-calorie diets with sedentary lifestyles. This combination can lead drivers to suffer from obesity and accompanying health issues.
Drivers who suffer from poor health may be prone to fatigue as they attempt to keep up with their daunting schedules. They may also use medications to counteract the symptoms of their maladies. The upshot of all of this is that some drivers may be operating their rigs in a compromised condition.
Truck drivers who are hampered by health issues can possibly pose dangers to themselves and all other road users. If you are ever involved in a truck accident that may have been caused by a driver who should not have been on the road for health reasons, a Montana personal injury attorney may be able to help you get compensation for your medical expenses.