The size, speed and weight of commercial trucks make them a significant threat to passenger vehicles on the road. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that commercial truck drivers must go through rigorous training, testing and health screenings in order to operate these huge speeding bullets. Unfortunately, despite the trucking industry's attempts to make it safer for passenger vehicles to travel alongside their trucks, truck accidents do happen. A recent report suggests that some of these accidents are actually caused by the very same things the trucking industry is trying so hard to prevent.
Commercial truck drivers are obligated to pass a comprehensive health screening in order to operate their rigs. These health screenings are the industry's attempt to weed out high-risk drivers suffering from major medical conditions. Some concerning medical issues such as heart disease, hypertension and sleep apnea can make operating a big rig dangerous.
Unfortunately, as truck drivers learn of the importance their health has to their ongoing employment, some have chosen to conceal serious medical issues. Omitting important health information can not only be costly to their employer, but can be deadly to other drivers. For example, a CBS report from earlier this year brought attention to a commercial carrier truck accident where the driver concealed a diagnosis of sleep apnea. This condition caused him to pass out behind the wheel and crash the bus he was driving, injuring 35 passengers.
Commercial carrier truck accidents have catastrophic potential. If you have been injured as the result of commercial operator's negligence, you may benefit by working with an experienced personal injury attorney. With their help, you may be able to hold the commercial carrier responsible and receive the compensation you need to recover.