Connecticut residents have seen quite a few accidents involving commercial vehicles over the years. Some of these are the result of the drivers experiencing medical issues. When a truck accident happens because of a medical problem, the driver and his or her employer may be held responsible for any damages caused.
Those who drive semi trucks and other commercial vehicles are held to very strict safety standards. One such standard is the need to pass health physicals at least every two years. These medical exams may be required more often, depending on a driver’s health situation.
While these physical exams are generally very thorough, drivers do have to be open and honest about any possible health concerns. Failing to disclose information to the medical professional conducting can carry significant consequences for the driver — such as invalidating the exam and having civil penalties imposed. This also poses a major risk to public safety, so this is an issue that is not taken lightly.
If a truck accident occurs due to a driver experiencing a medical issue, it is not uncommon for investigators to question that person’s Department of Transportation physical exam. If any errors are found, such as a driver failing to provide information, giving false information or mistakes made by the medical professional who performed the exam, victims or — in the event of fatality — surviving family members of victims may have legal recourse. Civil claims may be filed in a Connecticut court in an effort to seek monetary relief for any damages sustained.
Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, “What happens if a driver is not truthful about his/her health history on the medical examination form?“, Accessed on Dec. 22, 2015