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What Truck Drivers Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Truck drivers work long hours, traveling across the country to deliver goods and more. Of course, truck drivers are at risk of injuries that can arise in a crash involving another truck or passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, the truck driver is also at risk of other potential dangers, including potential carbon monoxide poisoning.

Below, our team will detail what carbon monoxide is, how it may enter the cabin, and the symptoms associated with poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide

Often referred to as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless toxic gas. Low-level exposure is not always dangerous as millions experience it. However, high levels of CO exposure can be significantly dangerous, causing long-term symptoms.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Your initial symptoms are often your biggest indicator that you may be dealing with CO poisoning. Because you can’t smell or taste carbon monoxide, you may only know about poisoning if you start to experience symptoms. Symptoms of CO poisoning may include:

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Confusion

Why Truckers Are At Risk

Truckers can be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if there is a defect, and it causes something in the engine to crack. The crack may release carbon monoxide into the truck’s cabin. The truck driver would have no clue that they’re at risk until they experience symptoms. The truck driver may experience fatigue or nausea, and it could lead to an even more severe crash.

A defect is difficult to endure. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help you understand your potential options. Let our team at Dunk Law Firm stand by your side. If you have legal rights to pursue compensation, we’ll help you find your options and safeguard you throughout the process. We’ve got your back.

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