During the fatal crash investigation, it was discovered that the trucker had suffered a seizure just three weeks before the crash occurred and that the trucking company did not take the man off of the road after his medical problem was discovered.
Unfortunately, these cases happen more often than you might think; a trucking company disregards the poor health of a driver, the trucker has a medical emergency while driving a multiple-ton tractor-trailer, and innocent drivers and passengers die or suffer serious injuries when the big rig crashes.
Trucker seizures: an all-too-common problem
Of course, allowing a driver with a history of seizures is against federal law. The United States Department of Transportation bars anyone who has suffered a seizure while on the job from driving with a commercial license for ten years. The law was formed with the safety of everyone on the road in mind – it keeps those most likely to suffer a sudden medical emergency from having a trucking job.
If someone is injured or killed in a VA truck accident caused by a trucker having a medical emergency – and if the trucker’s employer knew about his or her medical issues – the trucking company may be responsible for damages.