When you’re driving through Austin and see a truck driver next to you, do you wonder if he’s medically capable of operating the vehicle? If not, maybe you should. Truck drivers are held to a higher standard in terms of health than non-professional drivers are. After all, they operate massive vehicles that could cause serious injury if not handled properly. There are certain medical conditions that can put them at risk of causing an accident.
Professional truckers are to abide by safety standards that are set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Although the most common violations are related to tires, brakes, and lighting issues, medical problems also rank high on the list.
Georgia Driver in Trouble Over Falsified Medical Records
Some medical conditions can prevent a driver from operating a truck safely. Problems such as seizure disorders, narcolepsy, and even diabetes can keep truckers off of the road.
In September 2015, Georgia truck driver Matthew Jason Boozer was issued a shutdown order after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discovered he had falsified medical history information on an employment application. Just two months prior, Boozer was involved in an accident on Georgia State Route 11, in which his truck and trailer crossed both lanes of traffic. The vehicle crashed through a fence and then collided with a parked car.
After the accident, Boozer’s employer sent him to a doctor. The medical examination revealed he was medically unqualified to operate a truck and Boozer was subsequently fired from his job. The next day, Boozer filled out an application with another trucking company and provided false information regarding his medical history. He was ultimately hired and drove with the company until his employer discovered he had lied on his application.
How Many Other Truckers Shouldn’t Be Driving Due to Medical Conditions?
Unfortunately, Boozer isn’t the only driver who has lied about his medical conditions and was allowed to drive. In fact, many of these drivers share the road with you now. If you were injured in an accident, it may have been caused by a driver who shouldn’t have been operating his vehicle in the first place. The attorneys of Wayne Wright LLP may be able to determine if that was the case. Speak with a legal professional today by calling 800-237-3334.