A commercial truck driver has a tremendous responsibility, as they and their multi-ton vehicles share the road with much smaller passenger cars. When a truck driver has a medical condition that affects his or her abilities, they put themselves and other motorists at risk. If a person is injured because of a trucker’s medical episode, they should consult a Corpus Christi injury attorney for advice.
Federal Law Prohibits People With Some Illnesses From Driving Commercial Vehicles
Thankfully, federal rules keep people with some conditions from operating commercial vehicles. These include:
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Insulin use
Furthermore, the FMCSA requires drivers to keep an up-to-date MEC or medical examiner’s certificate. To get the certificate, the driver must undergo a DOT exam done by a doctor, LPN, or physician’s assistant. The exam results are valid for two years unless the examiner issues a shorter certificate because of a condition that needs monitoring.
In Some Instances, a Victim May Recover Compensation
A person injured in a commercial vehicle accident caused by an ill driver may be able to get compensation for his or her losses. To recover, the victim must prove that the driver or his or her employer knew (or should have known) about the danger. Evidence proving this fact includes:
- Medical history
- Eyewitness testimony
- In-vehicle documentation
- Employment records
An accident lawyer will use this and other documentation to build a strong case.
Steps to Take After a Driver With a Condition Causes an Accident
If an ill driver causes injuries, victims should take steps to protect their rights, such as those listed below.
- Record as much data about the incident as possible. If it’s practical, take pictures of the scene and get witnesses’ contact information.
- Submit to a medical evaluation right away, even if treated by EMTs at the scene.
- Don’t accept an offer from the trucker, their company, or the company’s insurer.
- Call an attorney immediately.
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