You may have been on the highway when you saw a semitruck a few cars ahead of you. After watching it for a bit, you noticed it drove close to other cars and drifted between lanes. This most likely caught your attention as hazardous driving.
While there’s no excuse for unsafe driving, truckers face many hardships that can cause problems for other drivers. Here’s what you should know:
The physical strain of trucking often causes health problems
Truckers are often pushed to extreme lengths to complete their job. This could mean a trucker has to skip meals, sleep and exercise to reach a deadline. Over time, these necessities may impact a driver, causing them many health issues.
Truckers may have to live off of fast food and gas station snacks. An overabundance of unhealthy food and lack of nutrition could cause obesity, diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure and other underlying issues. The strain on a trucker’s health may cause them to develop depression.
Unhealthy food isn’t the only reason a trucker may develop health issues. Truckers are often unable to stop and stretch. In other words, truckers often don’t have the time to exercise their bodies. This could increase the likelihood of developing a disease.
Living on the road often means a trucker will have to sleep when given the opportunity. When given the chance a trucker may only be able to sleep for an hour before hitting the road again. Sleep deprivation could cause paranoia and drowsiness – raising the risk of falling asleep in traffic.
A trucker’s health can seriously impact their work performance, but more importantly, put the lives of people around them in danger. If you were seriously injured by a semitruck wreck, then you may need to reach out for legal help.