In recent weeks, many medical professionals have worked an excessive amount of hours and are dealing with high levels of stress and fatigue. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of other challenges in one’s life, such as problems in personal relationships and the likelihood of a motor vehicle wreck. 

Whether you are a medical professional concerned about your safety or you regularly encounter medical professionals on the road because you live near a major hospital, it is imperative to recognize these risks. 

Job-related fatigue 

Many people in the medical field work long hours and this is especially true in light of recent events. Sometimes, medical professionals are so exhausted that they fall asleep behind the wheel or have difficulty concentrating on the road. Drowsiness is a major risk factor when it comes to motor vehicle collisions. While some people drink coffee to combat fatigue, this is not reliable and does not ensure safety on the road. Even though it is very difficult or even impossible at times, it is imperative for medical professionals to get the right amount of sleep and address fatigue properly. 

Unmanageable stress 

Sometimes, those who work in the medical industry become overwhelmed by the myriad of challenges they deal with on a daily basis. From watching the health of many patients deteriorate to worrying about new patients and handling far too many tasks at work, there are many reasons why medical workers are very stressed out. This also has an adverse impact on driving abilities and leads to a higher likelihood of a collision. 

Whether you were hit by a medical professional or you are a doctor or nurse who is struggling to piece your life together after a crash, it is important to have a clear understanding of the steps you can take to improve your circumstances.