Truckers in Colorado may need varying amounts of coffee to function, but they should be aware that the more they drink over the long term, the more likely they are to get in a crash. A study published in the June 2020 issue of Safety Science has tentatively linked high coffee consumption over the long term with greater crash risk.
A U.K. researcher, in partnership with the Virginia Tech Transport Institute, analyzed some 3,000 drivers in eight states who either drank little coffee (one cup a day) or a lot (more than five cups a day). More drivers in the second group reported being in a crash in the previous three years: 27.8% as opposed to 21.6% of the first group.
Moreover, those who drank more than five cups reported how they would sleep poorly, have an unhealthy diet and experience poor overall health. They also tended to smoke and drink more alcohol. These are certainly the kinds of factors that can lead to a crash, but the connection has not necessarily been proven.
There are other variables to consider, researchers admit. For example, different beverages contain a different caffeine content, and truckers have their preferences. Coffee was not the only caffeinated beverage that the 3,000 drivers consumed. In addition, caffeine consumption will differ for work days and days off.
If a truck accident results in a personal injury for those in a passenger vehicle, then victims may be able to file a claim against the trucking company. It all depends on who was negligent and to what degree. To see if they have a valid case under Colorado’s comparative negligence rule, victims may consult an attorney. The attorney may even bring in investigators and medical experts to prove the other’s negligence and to determine the extent of the damage.