If you were injured in a truck crash and it was allergy season, one of the causes of your wreck could have been the trucker’s allergies. Truckers who suffer from seasonal allergies are at greater risk of causing a crash due to the sheer number of hours they are on the road and the inherent dangers when driving a massive truck weighing 10,000 pounds or more.
Four Ways Allergies Could Cause a Truck Crash
Anyone who has allergies knows that they can cause a person to have a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and fatigue—throughout the day and night. Truckers suffering with allergies may drive carelessly or recklessly for the following reasons:
- Truckers can become distracted by blowing their noses, coughing, wheezing, and sneezing—with their eyes and minds off the road. In addition, they are less alert when their symptoms cause them to become drowsy.
- The antihistamines a trucker may need to take to control his symptoms could make him too drowsy to drive.
- Some decongestants could disrupt the trucker’s sleep patterns and lead to sleepiness when he’s driving.
- Truckers are allowed to drive for 11 hours a day without a break or sleep and already cause crashes because of this. The drowsiness caused by allergy symptoms or medications could increase the risk of a crash, making the truck driver even more sleepy and less alert.
If you were injured in a truck crash, you need an experienced truck crash attorney to help you prove the trucker’s negligence or recklessness and obtain the compensation you could be entitled to. Call us at (817) 380-4888 or start an online chat to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can assist you.