Truck Driver Injuries
As a truck driver, you get to spend time on the road instead of in the office, which, for many, is a much better working environment. However, truckers also face a tremendous number of hazards, only some of which relate to motor vehicle accidents. For example, truck drivers experienced neck and back injuries at a much higher rate than most other workers. Additionally, spending so much time sitting in the cab can lead to a host of other musculoskeletal injuries that may prevent you from working.
If you are a truck driver who was injured in a workplace accident or developed a work-related condition, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, our dedicated Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of claims involving truck driver injuries. We’re familiar with what it takes to substantiate your claim, where to find the necessary evidence and how to effectively prepare an application to maximize your benefits.Common Causes of Truck Driver Injuries
Driving a truck is one of the most dangerous occupations. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2021, of the 5,190 fatal work injuries, 1,982 of the fatalities involved truck drivers and other transportation workers. Additionally, there are over 55,000 injuries in the transportation industry each year. Some of the most common causes of injury among truck drivers include:Vehicle Accidents
Collisions with other vehicles, rollovers, and jackknifing are among the leading causes of injuries for truck drivers. Due to the large size and weight of trucks, even minor accidents can result in significant injuries.Falls
Slips, trips, and falls from the cab or from the height of the trailer can lead to severe injuries. Wet or icy surfaces, improper footwear, or lack of handrails can contribute to these types of accidents.Loading and Unloading
Handling cargo, especially without proper equipment or assistance, can lead to strains, sprains, and other musculoskeletal injuries. Incorrect lifting techniques or overexertion are often culprits.Struck-by or Caught-between Objects
Truck drivers can be struck by cargo, tools, or other equipment, or can be caught between the truck and other objects or equipment.Repetitive Stress Injuries
The repetitive motions involved in driving, such as steering and operating pedals, can lead to repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome or lower back pain.Vibration and Prolonged Sitting
Spending long hours seated and exposed to continuous vibration from the vehicle can contribute to back pain and other musculoskeletal issues.Fatigue
Long hours on the road, irregular sleep schedules, and the pressure to meet tight deadlines can lead to fatigue, which increases the risk of accidents.Exposure to Harmful Substances
Depending on the type of cargo they are transporting, drivers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals or other harmful substances, which can lead to health issues.Crush Injuries
During maintenance, repair, or while working with equipment, there's a risk of parts of the body getting crushed between objects.Poor Ergonomics
The design of the truck's cab, seat, and controls can contribute to injuries if they don't provide proper ergonomic support.Pursuing a Workers’ Compensation Claim After a Trucking Injury
Injury truck drivers often face significant difficulty in the wake of a work-related accident or illness. Depending on the nature of the injury, it may require you to take a few days off to heal or even prevent you from working for an extended period of time. Additionally, you will likely end up paying hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in medical expenses—even if you have health insurance.
However, pursuing a workers’ compensation claim can connect you with monthly benefits that cover your medical expenses and provide you with cash benefits that will replace most of your income.Are You a Truck Driver Who Has Been Injured on the Job?
If you recently suffered a workplace injury that prevents you from driving, or you developed a debilitating condition as a result of your employment, the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, can help. We have decades of experience connecting injured truck drivers with the workers’ compensation benefits they need to overcome their injuries and get back on the road. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with one of our Charlotte work injury lawyers, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach our Cabarrus County workers’ compensation attorneys at 704-918-4747. We proudly represent clients in Charlotte, Concord and Kannapolis, as well as throughout Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, and Union Counties.