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Texas Truck Drivers Fight the Battle of the Bulge

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New regulations and company mandates are targeting obesity in the trucking industry. Currently, 86 percent of truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese. Rule makers and safety advocates believe that the overweight and unhealthy truckers put themselves and others at risk.

Unhealthy Truck Drivers Cause Accidents

Overweight drivers are much more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, causing them to be overly tired when driving. In addition, excess weight can cause truckers to become diabetic, putting them at risk of going into diabetic shock. Heart attacks are also a real risk for many drivers.

Large truck crash rates in Texas and nationwide are impacted by the health of truck drivers. Accidents caused by a health-related event, such as heart attack, diabetic shock or another heath issue account for 12 percent of semi-truck accidents caused by driver error.

Drivers Take Charge of Their Health

Increasingly, truck drivers are getting the message that losing weight is crucial to improving their health and avoiding health-related accidents. At truck stops, truck drivers are lifting weights in the cabs of their trucks, briskly walking around parking lots, and biking around rest areas. Some have stopped eating truck stop food and are now cooking lean meats on portable cook tops.

As Colleyville truck accident attorneys, we have seen the impact that truck driver error has on the lives of those they hit. Because of this, we cheer any positive changes that the trucking industry makes.

If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Colleyville, Grapevine, Bedford or anywhere in North Texas, protect your rights; contact an experienced lawyer at the Hart Law Firm. Call 817.380.4888 today for your free consultation.
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