Exploring Links Between Medical Conditions and Safety Performance in Tractor Trailer Drivers

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Burks, Associate Professor, Economics


Project Summary:

This study is continuing to complete an initial phase and then extend and expand an existing program of research (the "Truckers & Turnover Project"), with two incremental components. First component: researchers are finalizing a paper that provides an analysis of the savings in medical insurance claims costs associated with the program, which is being revised at the request of the editor of a journal. Credible evidence of the medical cost and crash costs savings accruing to a firm employing an OSA program will make investment in such programs by individual motor carriers more likely even in the absence of regulations, and it may help reduce opposition to new regulations requiring OSA screening (which led to a withdrawal of the preliminary rulemaking on this topic during the reporting period). The second component was the re-establishment of the legal and security conditions required to obtain new operational, human resource, and protected health data on drivers from the participating trucking firm. These conditions are substantially in place, and further progress on this now falls under the new Roadway Safety Institute project, "The Screening Effectiveness of the Commercial Driver?s Medical Examination."

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Project Details:

  • Start date: 12/2014
  • Project Status: Active
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Safety, Trucking