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Workers’ Compensation for Commercial Drivers

Published in truck accident,Workers Compensation on December 30, 2019.

Driving a truck – or another kind of commercial vehicle – is among the most dangerous jobs out there. Commercial trucks are massive machines that travel our highways and byways, and truck accidents are exceedingly dangerous. Further, commercial truckers often put in long, sedentary hours – with mandatory wait times attached. Commercial drivers are also responsible for checking their rigs, which includes conducting a basic inspection prior to each leg of a trip. Finally, truckers may sometimes help with the heavy lifting of loading and unloading their trucks, which compounds the dangers of injuries while driving commercially. If you’re a commercial driver who’s been injured on the job, an experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorney can help. 

Commercial Driver Claims

A trucker’s job is intense, and that intensity can lead to any number of job-related injuries, including:

  • Injuries Caused by Traffic Accidents – Commercial trucks are many, many times the size of passenger cars, and truck accidents regularly result in serious injuries. Injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries are common to truck drivers in the event of a crash. Additionally, truck accidents tend to be extremely traumatic and terrifying and can leave truckers with PTSD-like symptoms that haunt them into the future.
  • Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents can be very serious and are not uncommon to commercial drivers. While you, as a commercial driver, spend a lot of time sitting and driving, you also spend a good deal of time getting in and out of your truck, checking all the way around your truck, and loading and unloading your rig – and dangerous slip and fall accidents can ensue (leading to injuries that are similar to those caused by traffic accidents).  
  • Injuries Caused by Overexertion and/or Repetitive Stress – Again, if you’re a commercial driver, you spend a good deal of time sitting and driving, which involves the same repetitive motions. Repetitive stress injuries and/or overexertion injuries can be the result. These injuries are not only painful but can also be physically debilitating. 
  • Illnesses Borne of a Commercial Driver’s Lifestyle – The fact is that truckers and other commercial drivers often fall into unhealthy lifestyles. If you drive a truck, you spend long, sedentary hours behind the wheel with only short bursts of activity. You’re also likely to spend a good deal of time on the road, where healthy eating options are not plentiful. Additionally, you’re unlikely to have much time to fit in healthy exercise when you’re on a trucking run. Hours of Service regulations require that you spend a specific number of hours resting in your cab, and most trucking schedules build in little (or no) extra time for squeezing in exercise. All told, the trucking lifestyle can contribute to serious illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes. 

If You’re a Commercial Driver Who’s Been Injured on the Job, You Need an Experienced Macon Workers’ Compensation Attorney on Your Side

If you’re a trucker who’s been injured as a result of your work, the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law – proudly serving Macon – are here to help ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. For more information, please contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 today.

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