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Truck drivers’ health is often at risk

Is has long been known that large trucks, while carrying out a necessary service, can be dangerous for those sharing the road in Hartford and elsewhere. In a truck accident, it is usually the occupants of the smaller vehicles who fare worse. However, the trucking industry can also be dangerous for truck drivers in some unexpected ways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, four people lost their lives in large truck accidents in Connecticut in 2014. This number was higher than the previous two years, and does not take into account the number of Connecticut truck drivers who were driving in other states. Truck collisions often have immediate, deadly results, but people should not discount the subtler hazards that take place over a longer period of time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that truck driving is an unhealthy job. Drivers must often put in long hours behind the wheel. It is no secret that fatigued driving plagues those in the trucking industry. Despite federal laws regulating driving hours, many truckers may feel pressured to drive longer than they should to reach their destinations early. Additionally, the hours behind the wheel mean that few truck drivers get the exercise they need. They may also get the majority of their meals at convenience stores or fast food restaurants. As a result, 69 percent of truck drivers were said to suffer from obesity in a study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Additionally, twice the rate of truckers suffers from diabetes than those in the general population.

Any of the health conditions resulting from an unhealthy lifestyle, ranging from sleep deprivation to heart disease, can result in serious illness or an accident. When it comes to the trucking industry, the victims are sometimes those driving the big rigs.

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