Truck driving is no easy job. Truckers spend many hours on the road with nothing much more than the sound of the engine and whatever radio station happens to stay strong. The life of a trucker isn’t often helped by strict deadlines, causing many drivers to put their health in the backseat.
When a trucker’s health begins to fail them, complications on the road could raise the chances of causing an accident. Here’s what you should know:
There’s no time for a warm meal, a hot bath and a stretch on the road
For truckers to get paid for their work, they’ll most likely drive thousands of miles, meeting deadlines just as their next assignment comes through the door. The strict and often stressful work habits of a trucker may cause them to skip necessary routines to keep a healthy body.
A trucker may have to skip sleeping or risk causing delays with their delivery. If a trucker is lucky, they may be able to squeeze in a few minutes of sleep here or there, but no matter what, there may be drawbacks. Sleep deprivation could cause a driver to fall asleep behind the wheel. A lack of sleep can even cause mental problems such as depression and anxiety – which could only worsen someone’s driving.
Three meals a day is often what people are taught in school as being a healthy diet, but some truckers don’t even see one complete meal a day. Truckers may have to skip meals while on the job. If a trucker can eat something hot, it’s likely to be fast food. A diet of fast food could cause a trucker to develop heart issues or diabetes – causing additional health concerns that may damage their driving performance.
Knowing who’s to blame in a trucking accident isn’t always easy. If you were recently in an accident with a truck driver, then you may need to know your options.