Worst case trucking scenario: Heart attack while driving

Other than getting hammered with unpaid detention time, learning new sets of regulations every quarter and stomaching $4 a gallon diesel for a half-decade now, what’s a worst case trucking scenario look like?

There’s a litany of wild, hairy or downright bizarre situations truck drivers can and do encounter every day, but Overdrive has picked 10 of the worst case scenarios a driver can find himself or herself in and done some research as to how to respond when such a scenario arises.

The result is the 10 Worst Case Trucking Scenarios comic panel-style infographic, based at OverdriveOnline.com/worstcase.

The scenarios and the corresponding response advice are each documented there, and one panel from the infographic will be highlighted daily. Also, readers can submit in writing what their worst case scenario would be or has been, and Overdrive artists will take a crack at drawing some of the best ones.

First up, what do you do if you’re stricken with a heart attack while driving? Here are some quick tips:


Click the comic to see the full-sized version, or click here to see the full Worst Case Scenarios infographic.


  • No Reform

    If you are PRONE to heart pains..keep Bayer ASPIRIN handy..they say at the Onset take aspirin..try to gulp a few and drink some liquid..if you havent already keeled over.

  • Kurt Keilhofer

    You might want to change the order of the 4 items! Put the 4way flashers on FIRST! If you go off the road unconscious this may help rescuers find you, or at the least make other motorists aware something is up. Then pull off the road, and call 911.

  • Hector79

    I agree with putting the 4ways on first. Also, as an EMT keep the BAYER (non-coated) asprin handy and CHEW them- the ASA will take effect much more quickly than being absorbed through the stomach.

  • Hector79

    Granted the aspirin tastes terrible, maybe a small drink after the tablets are gone, but be cautious consuming anything by mouth if there is a possibility of losing consciousness, you don’t want to chance compromising an airway.

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    I looked through the different scenarios and I’m going to disagree with the hijacked scenario. I will never allow myself to be taken hostage or tied up. I would rather be gunned down throwing punches than executed with my hands tied behind my back. I have too much pride to go out without a fight.

  • No Reform

    always keep ur defibulator handy and plugged into the
    cigar lighter?

  • http://thedotdoctor.com/ Andrea Sitler PhD DsC

    That is if you figure out this is what is happening soon enough to be able to do these things AND traffic will allow you to get to the side of the road. Many people think they have gas or the signs are so slight they do not realize what is happening until it is too late….then crash. Lost some good friends that way while behind the wheel of a petroleum tanker. They literally went up in flames. Stroke and heart attacks are scary realities when behind the wheel of any vehicle yet alone a semi.

  • Paul Lafrance

    wait a minute. shouldn’t you pull over first then call 911 ???

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