The truck driver life can seem adventurous and even glamorous to those who have never driven a big rig before. However, as we at the law office of Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, LLP, are aware, there is another side of the coin when it comes to the trucker lifestyle. People in New Jersey and elsewhere may be impacted by the stressful, exhausting life truck drivers can lead.
Smart Trucking explains that while driving a truck can be rewarding, this career is also known for being stressful. As you know, job stress can affect your life both in and out of work. Chronic stress can be dangerous when combined with an industry already known to be hazardous. The typical trucker lifestyle can also be unhealthy, due to the long hours they are expected to put in. For example, the following elements that are common among truckers may contribute to accidents:
- Drowsiness from being on the road for long hours and getting minimal rest
- Lack of physical activity and healthy meals causing such problems as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular issues and risk of stroke
- Isolation causing depression and anxiety
Some may place the blame for a trucker’s stressful lifestyle on the trucking industry, which can put high demands on drivers to work long hours and meet difficult delivery deadlines – which, in turn, can make it hard for truckers to get adequate exercise and eat right. Others may say it is a truck driver’s responsibility to ensure he or she is safe to get behind the wheel. Regardless of the cause of a truck collision, you may be entitled to seek compensation, as our page explains.