Many people in California have a cup of coffee before they go to work. For some truck drivers, drinking multiple cups of coffee and other caffeinated drinks during a single shift is the norm. According to a recent study, however, truck drivers that consume more caffeine than the average person may get into more crashes.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hours-of-service rules have been suspended in the truck driving industry. While working long hours, some truckers consume over five cups of coffee per day. U.K. researchers recently looked at the difference in crash statistics among U.S. truck drivers who consume varying amounts of caffeine. The study was conducted using data from questionnaires and medical reports.
According to the U.K. researchers, 27.8 percent of truckers that consume more than five cups of coffee per day have been involved in an accident within the past three years. On the other hand, just 21.6 percent of truckers that only drank one cup of coffee per day had been involved in a recent crash. Researchers noted that truckers with heavy caffeine consumption habits were also more likely to engage in other negative health behaviors.
Accidents involving large tractor-trailer trucks are very dangerous for people who are in smaller cars. After truck accidents, injured victims may require an expensive hospital stay, and victims may be unable to return to work for a long period of time. An attorney may be able to help a truck accident victim to recoup these financial losses by claiming them in a personal injury lawsuit against the liable parties.