Many Truck Drivers May Suffer from PTSD
Being involved in, or even witnessing, a serious motor vehicle accident can be a very traumatic experience. Fortunately for most of us, the prospect of being part of such an accident is reasonably limited.
The fact is, the less you are on the road, the less chance there is of experiencing a highway tragedy. Of course, the inverse is also true. And if you spend the better part of your life behind the wheel, then the odds are much greater that you will have to deal with a severe accident and its aftermath.
Perhaps no professionals spend more time on the road than truck drivers. And it is estimated that during some point in their careers, approximately one-third of all U.S. truck drivers will be part of a serious collision. There are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers, meaning around 1 million will experience a serious accident.
And these accidents can extract an emotional toll. Many truck drivers who have been in accidents end up suffering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues for which they need treatment.
But often the circumstances of their jobs and their economic status impedes the ability of truck drivers to seek such help. This leaves the drivers to take on their problems alone, which can be emotionally and physically draining. They may even have trouble sleeping or worse yet, attempt to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.
Truck drivers have many demands and stresses. But this makes it all the more important that they take proper care of themselves. Drivers who are fatigued due to lack of sleep or emotional distress present terrible dangers to themselves and others. And as we know all too well, truck accidents can produce devastating outcomes.
If you are living with the results of a serious truck accident, an attorney may be able to offer you assistance. An attorney can investigate the accident and assess your financial needs for recovery. With the appropriate information in hand, the attorney can act on your behalf to pursue appropriate compensation.