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Caffeine consumption linked to truck accidents

April 16, 2020

Implementing federal hours of service regulations aims to safeguard road users in Colorado and nationwide from the risks associated with fatigued truck drivers. These regulations restrict the daily driving time for truck drivers and require substantial rest periods between shifts. However, findings from a study conducted by a British researcher indicate that adopting a comprehensive and holistic approach to truck driver health, including considering factors such as coffee consumption and accident rates, could play a significant role in enhancing road safety.

Coffee consumption and accident rates

The Loughborough University lecturer studied health records and questionnaire responses from about 11,000 truck drivers in eight U.S. states. He then used this data to identify 3,007 drivers who could be categorized as either high or low caffeine users. Drivers who consumed five or more caffeinated drinks each day were considered high caffeine users. When the researcher looked at the accident rates of these two groups, he discovered that the high caffeine users were more likely to have been involved in an accident during the previous three years. The study, which was conducted in cooperation with the Virginia Tech Transport Institute, is scheduled to be published in the journal Safety Science in June.

High caffeine use a reliable indicator of poor health

Even though the expert doesn't suggest that truck drivers follow the rules about how much caffeine they can drink, he points out that a high caffeine intake is a reliable sign of poor overall health. An analysis of truck drivers' health records showed that those who drank a lot of caffeine were likelier to smoke, drink, and have health problems like sleeplessness, diabetes, and obesity. These factors pose a high risk for accidents in the previous three years, making them crucial considerations in truck safety.

Establishing negligence in truck accident lawsuits

There are several ways that evidence can be gathered in a truck accident lawsuit. The police report may reveal that the truck involved was being driven recklessly when it crashed, and an inspection could reveal signs of neglected maintenance or substandard repairs. The hours of service logs may also be studied to find out if truck driver was fatigued. If you have been harmed in a commercial vehicle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney could use this kind of evidence to establish negligence and pursue compensation on your behalf.

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