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Medically unfit truck drivers and commercial truck accidents

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

Commercial truck drivers face a mentally and physically exhausting occupation. The job usually entails long hours on the road, which can lead to health struggles that put drivers at risk.

All commercial truck drivers are required to be medically fit in order to perform their duties, and they may face steep penalties for lying about their physical fitness or not brandishing the appropriate documentation, as required by federal and state agencies.

If you’ve been involved in an accident in which a commercial truck driver may have been medically unfit, an Illinois truck accident attorney can investigate. We will review the truck driver’s medical certificate and all applicable documentation to see whether health played a part in the accident. From there, we will take all necessary steps to advocate on your behalf and seek a fair resolution.

What are the medical requirements for commercial truck drivers?

A commercial truck driver must be deemed medically fit in order to receive a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Some drivers are allowed to self-certify, while others must receive a physical examination from a licensed medical examiner. The exam results are valid for 24 months.

What happens if a medically unfit driver causes an accident?

A driver may lose their CDL, either temporarily or permanently if they are deemed medically unfit to drive a commercial truck. We may pursue a negligence claim against their employer if the driver continues to perform their duties in this instance since federal rules forbid a trucking company from allowing a driver with no CDL to operate a commercial vehicle.

What are some examples of dangerous medical conditions?

There are several medical issues and conditions that might impact a commercial truck driver’s ability to perform their job safely. Those may include:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Visual impairment
  • Excessive fatigue

Diabetes, hearing, vision, and seizure waivers are available to drivers with these conditions or medical problems.

How An Chicago Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

We at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are ready to help out if you’ve been involved in a commercial truck accident. We will review all aspects of the case, including any questions about the truck driver’s health at the time of the accident, and advocate for fair compensation on your behalf. A settlement may assist with your medical bills (including transportation to the hospital after an accident, as well as surgery and physical therapy), auto repair, lost wages, and more.

Contact our Chicago truck accident attorneys today at (312) 236-2900 to see how Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can be of service. Our staff of resourceful attorneys offers a free consultation and review of your case. From there, they can outline your options and discuss the best course of action to ensure proper remuneration.