Common Truck Driver Work Injuries
Truck drivers are critical to our economy, getting goods from one location to another, often much more economically than other forms of transportation. Many of those who drive trucks spend long periods away from their loved ones and must deal with one of the most stressful jobs in the world. They are at much higher risk for injury due to the potential for accidents as they travel on roads and highways. They may also suffer injury while loading or unloading cargo as well as repetitive movements that may put stress on joints.
The majority of truck driver work injuries are related to traffic accidents. The truck driving industry is strictly regulated, with guidelines for the hours they may be behind the wheel and requirements for up-to-date training. For this reason, truck drivers are some of the safest drivers on the road. However, because the vehicles they drive are significantly larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, the damage and injuries caused in an accident are much more devastating. There are ways that truck drivers can minimize the risk of traffic accident injury. Drivers of all vehicles should never drive when they are drowsy and truck drivers are no exception. Even a short break from the road can provide a driver with the rest they need to remain alert. Truck drivers should avoid any form of distracted driving, such as texting or talking on mobile phones as well.
Loading and Unloading Injuries
When a truck driver is required to load and unload cargo, they are susceptible to injury as well. One common truck driver work injury is a back injury due to improper lifting. It is also possible to suffer an injury by dropping a heavy item or slipping while loading the truck. Companies are required to provide safety equipment to help reduce those injuries, such as back braces. In addition, truck drivers should request assistance from others when attempting to lift heavy objects. Docks and truck beds should also be kept clear of debris or slippery substances to reduce the incidence of falls.
When a truck driver moves one part of their body in the same motion for extended periods, it can lead to repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Truck drivers are also prone to back and neck pain as they are required to sit in the same position for long periods. Jumping down from the cab or repeated stretching to step up into the truck can also lead to repetitive stress injuries to hips and legs. The best way to avoid these injuries is to take regular breaks and remain as healthy as possible. Seek medical attention if the pain becomes persistent as there are treatments available that can reduce permanent injury if treated early.
If you or a loved one has suffered a truck driver work injury, you are entitled to Workers’ Compensation coverage. This compensation can cover your medical costs, lost wages and other costs associated with your injury. It is important to contact our Workers’ Compensation attorneys as soon after your injury as possible. Hiring an attorney for your truck driver work injuries does not mean you plan to sue your employer. However, an attorney will make sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Contact the attorneys at Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You can arrange for your initial consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the simple form online.