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Medical Issues & Commercial Truck Drivers

Commercial truck drivers often find themselves facing the possibility of serious medical issues as they age. These issues have the potential to impact more than just their health – they can negatively impact their ability to drive safely and healthily. Trucking is not an easy profession, and the physical exhaustion, paired with mental stress, that are associated with the profession can also actually increase the medical issues in question.

Safety and Medical Conditions Related to Age

Drivers in charge of large commercial trucks often find themselves on the road for many long hours as well as plenty of heavy lifting when it comes to unloading and loading cargo. This is a profession that can prove difficult for even those who are in their prime and are physically healthy. When truck drivers begin to age, their risk of ending up with medical issues that impact their ability to safely do their job increases. This can also increase their chances of being injured on the job.

Some of the medical issues to be aware of in aging commercial truck drivers include:

  • Hearing and Vision Loss
  • Heart Disease
  • Bone Loss
  • Mental Disorders
  • Diabetes

Commercial Truck Drivers and Medical Requirements

Anyone driving a commercial motor vehicle that weighs 10,000 lbs. or more must meet a set of minimum physical requirements in order to work. That means that, unless you have been exempted under state or federal law, you must pass a medical exam performed by a licensed physician in order to ensure that you are physically and mentally capable of handling the unique stressors that commercial truck driving inflicts upon its drivers. Note that drivers in charge of commercial vehicles are subject to more rigorous mental and physical examinations and standards than individuals driving non-commercial vehicles.

In order to obtain your commercial driver’s license, also known as a CDL, you must receive a FMCSA Medical Examiner’s Certificate. This must be carried with you and renewed at least once every two years. Failure to maintain this certification or presenting falsified documentation about their mental and physical health could lead to a loss of employment and/or steep fines.

Railroad accident leaves 2 injured in Illinois

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Friday, April 1, 2016.

When individuals are involved in a train accident, it may be considered a miracle if they survive. However, a railroad accident can still cause substantial injuries to vehicle occupants, and as a result, those injured parties may have cause to seek compensation. Continue reading “Railroad accident leaves 2 injured in Illinois”

Illinois man dies after accident at unguarded railroad crossing

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Monday, November 23, 2015.

It was recently reported that an accident in Illinois between a train and a passenger car resulted in one individual losing his life. Apparently, the driver of the car was approaching an unguarded railroad crossing close to 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. Continue reading “Illinois man dies after accident at unguarded railroad crossing”

Illinois train accident results in multiple injuries

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Unfortunately, many people will suffer some sort of injury in their lifetimes. These injuries may result from simple situations, such as falling, or could be the outcome of a more serious incident, such as a train accident. Continue reading “Illinois train accident results in multiple injuries”

Teen killed in Illinois railroad accident

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Winter weather can wreak havoc in a multitude of ways. Heavy snowfall could result in homes and businesses losing power, and icy conditions can create considerable dangers on the roadways. Many areas that often experience such weather know how to prepare Continue reading “Teen killed in Illinois railroad accident”

Train accident leads to death of young Illinois man

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Though it may be difficult to think about, fatal accidents are common events. These situations can arise from numerous different scenarios that range from non-motor vehicle incidents to single-car accidents to accidents involving trains. Continue reading “Train accident leads to death of young Illinois man”

Young Illinois boy injured in train accident

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

In many areas where the distance from a home to a school bus stop is considered short, some parents may allow their children to walk alone. Children are often able to make it to their bus stop in time and complete the journey to school. Unfortunately, there are situations where serious accidents can take place, and a child could become the victim of a train accident.

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Railroad safety could perhaps be a concern for Illinois residents

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Being able to get to a location on time, especially in a crowded area, can be difficult for commuters. For this reason and many others, numerous individuals opt to travel by train to get to their destinations. Though using train services can help avoid traffic and are fairly quick means of transportation, the safety of passengers and workers involved are also important. Continue reading “Railroad safety could perhaps be a concern for Illinois residents”

Injured in a train accident? Help may be available

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Illinois has its fair share of unguarded railroad crossings all over the state. While, typically, motorists and pedestrians are able to cross without incident, on occasion, a train accident does occur. It is understandable for those who have been negatively affected by such an event to not only question the circumstances surrounding the incident, but also to wonder who may be considered liable as well.

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Illinois woman victim of train accident

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Train Accidents on Friday, June 6, 2014.

In highly populated areas, trains can be a very effective and convenient mode of transportation. However, trains can also pose risks to individuals who may be walking near or on train tracks. If a person does not know that a train is approaching or the train is not able to stop in time, an individual could quickly become a victim of a train accident.

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