Trucking is an all-American profession, full of All-American drivers. But sadly, U.S. truckers also face unique health risks on the job, which can lead to chronic illness, the need to file for workers’ compensation, or protracted personal injury claims.
What are some of the chief dangers faced by truckers?
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns that truckers face unique risks from prolonged periods of sitting on the job. Without taking the proper precautions to mitigate the health hazards of inactivity, truckers face an increased risk of many common health conditions.
- Every year, 17,000 people are injured in slip and fall accidents. In fact, slips and falls make up the majority of on the job accidents across all professions (they also cause 15% of accidental worker deaths). And because they’re second only to fatal car accident injuries as a cause of deaths, truckers are doubly at risk.
- Even the safest truckers can be injured or killed by unsafe, negligent, or distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that three million people are injured and 40,000 killed on U.S. roads each year.
So What Options Are Available To Truckers Injured On The Job?
If you’re injured while working in the transportation industry, then what are your options?
- Walk It Off: We know that most truckers pride themselves on being tough, but working through an injury or suffering in silence is a big mistake. As an American, you’re entitled to the full protection of the law. Don’t hesitate to speak up after an injury or accident.
- Workers’ Compensation: Unless you’re an independent contractor, injured truckers can file a workers’ compensation claim after a truck accident or injury. In fact, even if your employer isn’t deemed negligent, you may still be covered and eligible for compensation. And if you are unable to work because of an injury or illness, workers’ comp may cover lost wages in addition to costly medical bills. A truck accident lawyer can help guide you through the labyrinth workers’ compensation bureaucracy.
- Personal Injury Settlements: Workers’ compensation may not allow you to sue your employer after an injury, but you can hold third parties responsible. If a drunk, distracted, or just plain terrible driver causes an accident that injures a truck driver, then personal injury lawyers can help them recover the personal injury settlements they deserve. Slips and falls are also another common sources of personal injury settlements for injured truckers. For truckers who do decide to seek personal injury settlements after an accident, know that personal injury law firms report that 95-96% of their cases are settled pre-trial.
No matter what you decide, remember that a trucking accident lawyer can help you navigate the complex, drawn out legal battles that come with workers’ compensation and personal injury settlements.