Truck Drivers With Influenza Can Now Be Charged With Negligence In A Collision

Influenza (the flu) is often debilitating for several days and sometimes life-threatening. While you can get the flu anytime, the flu season in the United States is typically defined as in the fall and winter, with peaks in December and February, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that flu activity can continue into May. For a professional truck driver, that can be a serious problem.

Most people, when they get a cough or a cold, will take some over-the-counter cold medicine and head off to work. If the symptoms worsen, or if they develop a fever, they would likely call in sick the next day. That’s not so easy for a trucker, who could be hundreds of miles from home when the brunt of the flu hits.

How Can You Tell If It’s A Cold Or The Flu?

Both are respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. While many of the symptoms can be shared by both illnesses, flu symptoms are generally more severe.

Flu symptoms develop and intensify quickly, making driving very uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst. If you feel weak and have a fever, chills, body aches and headaches, you might have the flu and should not drive.

Accountability, Negligence And Legal Consequences

Flu symptoms and use of medications – even over-the-counter remedies – can mimic drunk driving, with slowed reaction times, dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. The driver may misjudge distances, turns, and breaking time.

Even sneezing and coughing can be dangerous. When you sneeze, you close your eyes and although it is just for a second or two, the truck could travel 50 feet or more without your attention to the road. When you’re searching for some tissues to catch that runny nose, you’re taking your eyes off the road and a hand off the wheel. You could drift into another lane or another vehicle.

It is the CDL drivers’ responsibility to cease driving if they are unable to safely maintain control of the vehicle. Failure to do so could result in a negligence charge and even loss of their CDL and livelihood.

PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE

Last year was one of the worst on record, with the highest flu-related death toll in recorded history. Here are some tips to prevent you from getting the flu:

  1. Wash your hands often.
  2. Disinfect your cell phone daily.
  3. Avoid being around people who are sick.
  4. Vacuum and disinfect your cab once a week.
  5. Eat nutritious foods, especially those high in vitamins and antioxidants.
  6. Get a flu shot.

If you haven’t already been vaccinated this year, talk to your primary care provider today about getting one soon. Free flu shots are also available at many large pharmacy chains and supermarkets.

Share This Article:

CATEGORIES

INSTAGRAM

Don't wait to receive your bonus! 

Join Canal Cartage where #owneroperators do not wait to get paid!

Receive your DOT inspection bonus pay on the spot! 

Congratulations Mario, Jose, and Asiel! 

Call us today for more info!
832-333-2579 

https://canalcartage.com/why-drive-with-us/ 

#owneroperator #bonuspay #rsi #bonus #cleaninspection #container #containers #drayage #localhouston #regionaltexas #independentcontractors #RSI #BONUS #drayage #driveforcanal #dontwaitforpay #drivers #owneroperator #driverswanted #inspection #houstontx
Dad, Father, Papa, Pop, Old Man, Killer of the bugs
 
Whatever your title, we celebrate you!
 
Father’s Day is a time for people to celebrate the men in their lives. For children, it is a day to show appreciation for their fathers and father-figures. For adults, it is a day to show how much they love and appreciate the hard work of the fathers and husbands in their lives.
 
We wish you a very Happy Father’s Day 

#fathersday #love #family #truckers  #canalcartage #owneroperators #empowerment #leaders #houston #appreciation #support
Canal wants YOU!

We are looking for a Safety assistant, Customer Service Representatives, and an Information Technology assistant.

Canal works with YOU to ensure a work environment fit for your needs, so don't hesitate to join US today!

Scan the QR code or visit lnkd.in/egtEXEj9 to learn more

#safetyassistant #ITassistant #CSR #canalcartage #houstontx #hiring #jobhunt #jobpost #career #bestplacestowork #Join #joinourteam #growth #empowering #leaders #supplychain #logisticscompany #drayage  #transportation #warehouse  #workenviroment #workfromanywhere
Canal is here for all of your warehousing needs. We specialize in safety and efficiency to make sure that your goods are handled right!  #transloading #warehouse #crossdocking #import #export #cargo #shipping #hazardous #floorloading #flatbed #domestic #canalcartage #supplychain #portHOU #houstontx
It's a beautiful day #houstontx 

Canal Cartage has the freight to keep you moving, pay to keep you motivated, and quality lanes to get you home to the people who matter most in the evenings. 

Drive for Canal! 

Join today!
832.333.2579
https://canalcartage.com/why-drive-with-us/

#motivation #freight #trucking #intermodal #crossdocking #CanalCartage #bestpay #quality #safety #drayage #supplychain #economy #drive4canal #bestplacetowork #Join #joinourteam #morehometime 
#familytime #career
Canal Cartage #owneroperators do not wait to get paid! 

Receive your DOT inspection bonus pay on the spot! 

Congratulations Martin and Eddy! 

No need to wait for your invoice to receive your bonus.

Call us today for more info and come drive for Canal Cartage!

832-333-2579 

https://canalcartage.com/why-drive-with-us/ 

#owneroperator #bonuspay #rsi #bonus #cleaninspection #container #containers #drayage #localhouston #regionaltexas #independentcontractors #RSI #BONUS #drayage #driveforcanal #dontwaitforpay #drivers #owneroperator #driverswanted #inspection #houstontx
This Saturday, June 4th, and every Saturday moving forward @port_houston will be open for business! 

Canal Cartage will be taking advantage of this opportunity to not only service your drayage needs, but your #warehouse  #crossdocking and #transloading needs! 

#houstontx #keepingthingsmoving #trucking #thankyouowneroperators #owneroperators #economy #drayage #supplychain #logistics #driver #drive4canal #DoingMore
Home of the FREE, because of the BRAVE!

May we NEVER forget, and ALWAYS honor!

#memorialday #memorialdayweekend #memorialday2022 #freedom #veterans #honor #brave #neverforget
Canal Cartage #owneroperators do not wait to get paid! 

Receive your DOT inspection bonus pay on the spot! 

Congratulations Richard, Fredy, and Miguel! 

No need to wait for your invoice to receive your bonus.

Call us today for more info and come drive for Canal Cartage!

832-333-2579 

https://canalcartage.com/why-drive-with-us/ 

#owneroperator #bonuspay #rsi #bonus #cleaninspection #container #containers #drayage #localhouston #regionaltexas #independentcontractors #RSI #BONUS #drayage #driveforcanal #dontwaitforpay #drivers #owneroperator #driverswanted #inspection #houstontx
#owneroperators do not wait to get paid! 

Receive your DOT inspection bonus pay on the spot! 
Congratulations Jaime, Keith and Juan! 

No need to wait for your invoice to receive your bonus.

Call us today for more info and come drive for Canal Cartage!

832-333-2579 

https://canalcartage.com/why-drive-with-us/ 

#owneroperator #bonuspay #rsi #bonus #cleaninspection #container #containers #drayage #localhouston #regionaltexas #independentcontractors #RSI #BONUS #drayage #driveforcanal #dontwaitforpay #drivers #owneroperator #driverswanted #inspection #houstontx

FOLLOW US

PROUD PARTNER FOR PREVENTION AND AWARENESS

Official TAT Chrome Logo (R) Trans

Leave a Reply

Translate »