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Truck Drivers More Likely To Crash If They Are Obese, Study Says

Posted on October 30th, 2012 No Comments

A recent study shows that truck drivers who are considered to be obese are more likely to crash their truck in the first two years of being on the road than truck drivers who are not overweight.

The results of this study have experts looking into sleep apnea as the main cause for these large truck accidents. When individuals are categorized as severely obese, they run a higher risk of developing the condition known as sleep apnea. This condition causes someone to become tired more easily, and is associated with fatigue during daytime hours.

Commercial truck drivers that do not believe they should be classified as obese may not be getting the help they need for their sleep apnea condition. Severely obese truck drivers that do not have sleep apnea are still at the same risk of these accidents due to other factors including limited movement in their vehicle and tiredness from being overweight.

Truck drivers with a BMI of less than 35 ran the same risk of being involved in an accident as drivers in the general population. The only weight group where accidents were more prominent was the severely obese group. Truck drivers should consult with a doctor if they are experiencing symptoms that are associated with sleep apnea in order to get the help they need.

When a truck driver is reckless or careless behind the wheel, severe accidents can be a direct result. Individuals involved in an accident with a large semi-truck can sustain serious injuries. It is important for truck drivers to do everything in their power to stay safe on the roadways in order to avoid these types of accidents from taking place.

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