Truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In 2016, they had more workplace fatalities than any other occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Due to the nature of the job – driving for long periods, loading trucks and hitching trailers – truck drivers are at high risk of sustaining work-related injuries. Some of the most common truck driver injuries our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers have seen include:
Injuries from falls – Commercial trucks can be up to 13 and a half feet tall. Truck drivers must climb in and out of these tall vehicles, making them susceptible to fall from elevation injuries such as back and knee sprains. Truck drivers may also suffer injuries from falls on the same level when preparing or unloading the truck, making deliveries or putting tire chains on the truck.
Fatal injuries – There are many hazards in the trucking industry that can cause fatal injuries, especially driving for long periods of time. According to the BLS report from 2016, 918 truck drivers and driver sales workers died from work-related injuries. Sadly, the number of fatalities among truck drivers has continued to increase over the past decade.
Musculoskeletal disorders – Many truck drivers suffer musculoskeletal injuries from loading trucks, however these types of injuries can arise as a result of performing other routine tasks such as vehicle maintenance or from fatigue and overexertion. The most common musculoskeletal injuries happen to the neck, back and upper extremities.
Repetitive stress injuries – Truck drivers often drive for long periods of time, which can lead to repetitive stress injuries, particularly to the neck and back. Steering the truck and other repetitive motions can also cause repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome over time. Truck drivers should stretch and take regular breaks to avoid these types of injuries.
Struck by object injuries – Truck drivers are exposed to lots of heavy machinery, equipment and other objects that may strike and injure them. They may become injured when an object falls and hits them as they are loading or unloading the vehicle, when attaching a trailer to the truck or when lifting hitched trailers.
Injuries from traffic accidents – Being on the road for so many hours and traveling long distances puts truck drivers at risk of getting injured in traffic accidents. Given the high percentage of truck accidents attributable to drowsy driving, truck drivers should always be sure to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations pertaining to rest breaks.
Philadelphia Work Accident Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Injured Truck Drivers Obtain Compensation
If you were injured in a truck accident, contact a Philadelphia work accident lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our skilled and experienced attorneys have represented all types of workers including truck drivers for over 35 years and we are dedicated to helping you obtain the financial compensation to which you are entitled. For a free consultation, submit an online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW today.
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