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More coffee drinking may mean more crash-prone truck drivers

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | Truck Accidents |

Anyone may be injured at the hands of a truck driver in Georgia. Perhaps you were involved in an accident yourself and wondering just how the other side caused it. It’s worth noting that according to a recent study, truck drivers who drink a lot of coffee over the long term run a higher risk for a crash.

Results of the study

The study was conducted by a lecturer with the Loughborough University Design School together with the Virginia Tech Transport Institute. From a pool of 11,000 drivers, researchers selected 3,007 from eight different states, including Georgia, for their specific coffee-drinking habits. The drivers fell into one of two groups: those who drink one cup of coffee every day and those who drink more than five cups each day.

These drivers undertook a questionnaire with the assurance that their answers would be kept secret from their employers. Asked if they had an accident in the previous three years, 21.6% of the one-cup-a-day drivers said yes whereas 27.8% of the high coffee drinkers said yes. Moreover, the high coffee drinkers showed signs of poorer overall health like unhealthy diet and sleep, smoking and excessive alcohol drinking.

Further research is necessary

Researchers acknowledge that a short-term caffeine boost can do truck drivers good. Drinking a lot of coffee over the long term, though, seems to have a negative impact on them. Future studies may make the link between coffee consumption and crash risk clearer by factoring in all the variables that this study left out. For example, coffee was not the only caffeinated beverage that truckers drank, and different beverages have different caffeine content.

A legal advocate for crash victims

Truck drivers can cause motor vehicle accidents if they are drowsy behind the wheel. However the trucker who injured you may have been negligent, chances are that you have the grounds for a personal injury case. You may be able to focus more on your physical recovery if you have a lawyer giving personal attention to your case. The lawyer may be your representative at the negotiation table, too.


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