Medicated drivers… large trucks… a recipe for disaster
Unfortunately, more than 60 percent of working adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have a chronic medical condition that requires regular use of medication. Fifty-one percent of medications have serious side effects that may impair driving. A recent study looked at blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs because they are the prescription medications most often used by adults over the age of 50.
Side-effects of blood pressure medications:
• Slow heart beat
• Low blood pressure
• Sleep disorders
• Light sensitivity
• Blurred Vision
• Heart failure
Side-effects of cholesterol medications
• Suppression of immune system
• Liver damage
• Muscle destruction
truck accidents. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study of large truck crashes found that prescription drug use is an associated factor in 28.7 percent of commercial truck accidents. Over-the-counter drug use was an associated factor in 19.4% of large truck wrecks.
While it is important that large truck companies do not discriminate based on age, it is also important that they screen out drivers who are taking potentially dangerous medications or who have health problems that could cause a danger to others. For example, last week, a Metro Bus driver in Webster Groves, Missouri suffered a diabetic reaction and drove into a tree. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Can you imagine if the driver was driving a load of flammable cargo down I-70 at rush hour?
Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so you should speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 for your free consultation today.