When there is a truck accident in Georgia, it can cause serious injury and death. Because trucks are large and travel at high speed, and drivers are responsible for going significant distances, they are a major risk to people in passenger vehicles. This can enhance the danger of a collision and its consequences. While certain factors like driving under the influence, distracted driving, drowsy driving and negligence are common causes of a truck accident, research suggests that caffeine consumption may also be a factor in these incidents.

Since the current health situation across the U.S. has resulted in a suspension of hours-of-service rules for those delivering essential items, some drivers might ingest more caffeine to stay on the road longer. A recent study suggests that truck drivers who consume more caffeine have a greater propensity to being in an accident than those who drink less.

Researchers spoke to more than 3,000 truckers about their accident history. They then compared the amount of caffeine they consumed. The survey showed that 27.8% of those categorized as “high” caffeine users who had a minimum of five cups of coffee in a day had at least one accident in the prior three years. For those who had one cup per day, 21.6% had a crash in the same time frame. This does not automatically mean that caffeine and the accidents are related; heavier caffeine users made lifestyle choices like drinking more alcohol, smoking, having worse diets and lacking sufficient sleep.

Excess caffeine in the short term is not considered problematic. However, long-term use may lead to an increased chance of a crash. There are many questions an auto accident victim will have in a collision’s aftermath. The insurance company may offer a settlement to preclude a lawsuit. Still, that could be insufficient to cover medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, funeral expenses and more. A legal filing might be the primary alternative. Discussing the case with a law firm experienced in motor vehicle accidents may provide advice on how to proceed.