Many truck drivers in Texas drink caffeine to stay alert. While a cup of coffee in the morning won’t put you in danger, studies have shown that truck drivers who drink large amounts of caffeine are at a greater risk for accidents. In fact, truck drivers who drink lots of caffeine are nearly 6% more likely to get into an accident on the highway.
How was this study conducted?
To gather this information, a researcher from the UK studied 3,000 truck drivers in the United States. At the end of the study, she learned that 6% more truck drivers get into trucking accidents when they drink large amounts of caffeine. A “large amount” is defined as five or more cups of coffee per day.
The researcher also noted that truckers who drink lots of caffeine reported that they drank more alcohol, had trouble sleeping, smoked cigarettes and suffered from health problems. She pointed out that coffee doesn’t necessarily cause truck accidents, but it can be part of an unhealthy lifestyle that makes people fatigued and less attentive on the road.
Overall, she learned that 27.8% of truckers who drank five or more cups of coffee a day had been in an accident in the past three years. Conversely, 21.8% of truckers who drank less caffeine reported being in an accident. This suggests that many truckers are drinking large amounts of coffee to combat driver’s fatigue, which can have a poor impact on their health.
What should you do if you’re involved in a truck accident?
Being involved in a truck accident can have catastrophic effects on your mental and physical health. If you believe that the truck driver was at fault, you might wish to hire an attorney. An attorney might be able to negotiate with the truck driver’s insurance company to secure compensation.