Truck Drivers Recommended to Wait One Year before Driving After a Stroke

Posted on Nov 25, 2010

November 23, 2010 - New York - According to Medline Plus, truck drivers have received recommendations to wait one year after suffering a stroke before they return to work. This comes after a U.S. panel was appointed by the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to update its trucking recommendations. 

Not only did the panel recommend that truck drivers wait one year before getting back on the road but it recommended that drivers must also first pass certain health assessments.
In addition, the panel recommended that truck drivers be prohibited from driving unless they receive yearly annual health checks and a driving record analysis.

The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that every year in the United States almost 800,000 individuals suffer a stroke. There are also between 200,000 and 500,000 smaller strokes that can occur, known as transient ischemic attacks.

It is these risk factors that raise concerns for safety on the roads. A stroke can significantly impact cognitive functioning and motor skills. While these recommendations may cause recertification to be more complicated and costly, it would increase highway safety.

Since truck drivers spend a good deal of time behind the wheel and the size of their vehicles makes them more dangerous than passenger vehicles, it is reasonable to expect stricter regulations.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident in West Virginia, contact a West Virginia truck accident lawyer who can evaluate your case to determine if your injuries were the result of truck driver negligence and advise you on your options for filing an injury claim.

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