When someone has been a victim of an accident involving a commercial truck, questions often arise as to the truck driver’s medical fitness. The sheer power and size of a commercial truck can have a devastating impact on another driver and thus the truck driver’s medical and physical fitness plays an important role for roadway safety.
In an effort to govern the safety of commercial roadways the Federal Government, by and through the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), regulates driver’s medical and physical fitness. Specifically, a USDOT certified health professional must certify that each truck driver is medically and physically fit to operate a truck safely. This certification, in part, comes from a physical exam that is given every two years, and which is a requirement for a driver to renew their license.
During the physical examination, the doctor will check the height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing of the driver and a physical examination will be performed as well. Further medical issues and medications will be addressed during the exam. If a driver is on medication for a chronic disease, he must bring a note to his exam from his regular or treating physician establishing that his condition is stable, that he is being evaluated on a regular basis, and that he is considered to be medically capable of driving a truck.
The Federal Code of Regulations provides a section for physical qualifications for drivers all designed to ensure safety on the roadways. Ultimately however, it is up to the trucking companies to ensure each driver submits to the evaluations and receives their certificates.
If you, or a loved one, has been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle we invite you to contact Givens Givens Sparks for a free case evaluation. Givens Givens Sparks represents victims of trucking, motorcycle, auto, and serious personal injury cases.