A recent study involving 11,000 truckers from Texas and seven other states found that more accidents were among those who consumed high amounts of caffeine compared with those who consumed less. A university professor from the United Kingdom conducted the large-scale study, which is one of the first to address the effects of large amounts of caffeine consumption on truckers.

How the study was conducted

Data for the study came from medical reports and questionnaires regarding 11,000 truckers in California, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. From these truckers, about 3,000 who were linked with coffee consumption were divided into two groups: high caffeine and low caffeine consumers. High caffeine consumers were considered as drinking more than five cups of coffee daily, and low caffeine users were those who drank one cup of coffee daily. Questions also addressed other caffeinated products, such as coffee pills. The information was kept anonymous and was not reported to the truckers’ employers.

The results of the study

The study discovered that about six percent more truckers consuming large amounts of coffee or caffeinated drinks had an accident within the past three years compared to their counterparts who consumed less amounts. However, the study’s results also revealed caffeine consumption was not the sole contributor to accidents,  but other factors, such as poor dieting, smoking, alcohol consumption and inadequate sleep were found to be associated with those who consumed larger amounts of caffeinated products.

Caffeine in small amounts is helpful

The study did not discourage a complete omission of all caffeinated products, as occasionally consuming large amounts of them can be helpful in combating sleepiness among truck drivers.

Negligent drivers can be held liable for their actions

Drivers who cause an accident because of negligence, such as falling asleep at the wheel or texting, should be held responsible for their actions. A police report and eyewitness accounts could help discover the negligent party. Injured victims of such motor vehicle accidents have a right to file a personal injury claim for compensation for their accident-related injuries including, but not limited to, medical bills, income losses and property damages.