Some Truck Drivers More Prone To Crashing
Sometimes New Mexican drivers are scared when traveling near large commercial vehicles. This is understandable when you consider the size of these large semi-trucks and their ability to cause destruction due to their massive size and heavy cargo loads. Truck drivers are trained to operate their vehicles safely, but car crashes still happen. According to a recent study, it was found that there are certain truck drivers that are more likely to be involved in collisions with other motor vehicles.
The Findings of the Study
The study examined the potential that body mass index influences a truck driver’s chances of being involved in a crash. The study results showed that there is a defined connection between body mass index and the risk of a collision. According to researchers, drivers who are considered to be obese have an around 43 to 55 percent chance of being involved in a crash during their first two years traveling the roadways.
It seems that many working in the trucking industry had pre-conceived notions that there was a relationship between body mass and trucking accidents. The data showed that there was, in fact, a relationship between drivers with a BMI of 35 or greater (considered severely obese) and car accidents. However, overweight drivers with a BMI between 25 and 30 had different signs. Drivers with a typical BMI did not have an increased risk of being involved in an accident.
How Did They Reach These Findings?
In order to collect this data, the study utilized a sample of 750 novice drivers and asked them questions about their weights and heights. These details allowed the researchers to calculate the BMI of the drivers. The researchers then utilized the driving histories of these participants during the following two years and corrected for various factors, such as age, the number of miles traveled, and location, in order to ensure that an increased BMI had a positive correlation with being involved in a car accident. There was no reason provided in the study to explain this connection, but some believe that obese individuals have a potential for various conditions, such as fatigue, sleep apnea, and limited agility. These conditions have an impact on an individual’s chances of being involved in a crash.
New Mexico Trucking Accidents
Accidents involve large commercial vehicles are much worse than those involving just another passenger vehicle. The size and weights of these vehicles make accidents catastrophic. The resulting injuries are more than enough to severely disrupt the life of a victim.
There are around 1,400 collisions in New Mexico involving semi-trucks each year. Sadly, many people are killed in the aftermath of these accidents. Victims or their families may be eligible to recover lost compensation by contacting an Albuquerque trucking collision lawyer.
Will Ferguson & Associates takes pride in helping the residents of New Mexico. We have recovered multi-million-dollar settlements for past clients. Put us to work on your case by giving us a call at (505) 243-5566.