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Are truckers’ health problems putting other drivers at risk?

As an Alabama motorist, you may sometimes need to get behind the wheel when you feel sick, but you probably never think of it as a risk. After all, most minor illnesses do not affect driving skills. However, in a previous post, information was provided about health conditions that could cause a crash, and these may result in a suspended driver’s license. Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many of these conditions are common among long-haul commercial truck drivers.

Your risks for stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea depend on a number of factors, but obesity is a primary one. As a member of the workforce in the United States, there is a one in three chance that you suffer from this health condition. The rate of obesity among truck drivers who spend most of their nights away from home is more than twice as high, though. You may also raise your chances of stroke, diabetes and heart disease if you are a smoker, but only one in five working adults in the country smoke. The rate among long-haul truckers is over 50 percent.

You may have noticed the attention truck driver fatigue has drawn in the media, and sleep apnea and irregular sleep patterns are contributors. More than one in four over-the-road truckers said they get a mere six hours of sleep – or even less – during any given 24-hour period. This information about the health and safety risks that are prevalent among truck drivers is provided for your education. But, it should not be considered legal advice.

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