Aging Truck Drivers Pose Risks on the Roads
In today's economy, working individuals are choosing to retire later. An increase in older truck drivers operating large tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles on the roads and highways means that a large number of long-term truck drivers are reaching their sixties. Yet while many drivers retain all of their driving abilities throughout their careers, some older drivers may pose a greater risk to accidents and injuries due to age-related challenges.
Health Problems May Impair Safe Driving
Older adults may experience health problems that can lead to loss of control on the road. For example, certain health conditions may affect a driver's ability to grip the wheel to steer the truck or to properly switch from the gas pedal to the brake in a quick manner. Other health issues may lead to sudden adverse events such as stroke, heart attacks, or seizures that will almost certainly cause a driver to lose control of a truck and cause a collision.
The following conditions may develop and/or increase with age:
- Muscle weakness;
- Vision or hearing deterioration;
- Heart disease;
- High blood pressure;
- Diabetes; and
- Cognitive deterioration.
Part of obtaining and maintaining a commercial driver's license is undergoing a thorough medical evaluation and having an approved doctor determine that a driver is in sufficient health to operate a truck. Drivers are also expected to report any possibly dangerous health conditions to their employer. If an older driver fails to do so, or if a trucking company continues to employ a driver who is not in proper health, he or she should be held liable for any injuries and damages he or she causes.
Of course, many truck drivers age without any significant health problems. However, as the number of older drivers increase, the risks of serious collisions may also increase. Companies should be aware of these possible risks and take proper action whenever necessary to keep motorists on the road as safe as possible around large trucks.
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