A study released in June 2020 finds that individual factors are associated with increased crash risk in commercial trucking. Those include personality traits and driving behaviors but also health conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and musculoskeletal injuries. Obese CMV drivers were 1.37 times more likely than non-obese drivers to be involved in a safety-critical driving event and nearly twice as likely to be fatigued while driving. Those drivers with non-medicated diabetes were three-times more likely to crash. Other medical conditions associated with a significant increase in crash risk include history of stroke, depression, heart attack, and anxiety.
The Girards law Firm represents those severly injured or killed in commercial trucking crashes.