Workers across every industry face unique risks specific to their profession. Long-haul truck drivers are no exception. Unfortunately, the dangers faced by truckers are especially great because a single slip-up could result in a devastating collision. Truck drivers have tremendous responsibility when operating commercial motor vehicles that could weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Any small error in judgment or problem that occurs could lead to serious injury or death for the driver and for other motorists. Truck drivers account for about 12 percent of on-the-job fatalities and had more non-fatal injuries than any other occupation, so the risk of death is not trivial for individuals within this profession.
When a truck driver, or any other employee, is hurt in a motor vehicle accident while performing job duties, the driver should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits as long as it is possible to prove the incident was work-related. For truckers, their time on-duty making deliveries for their employer is work-related. For anyone who drives at work, while a commute isn’t considered to be a work task, most other driving done for a job is considered a work duty… which means compensation should be available if injuries occur.
Making a workers’ compensation claim means your employer’s workers compensation insurer will be required to pay for medical bills caused by accident injuries as well as to provide disability income. Pain and suffering compensation and certain other non-economic benefits are not available through workers comp, but could be recovered if a personal injury claim is also made against non-employers after an on-the-job car crash. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can help truckers and others who drive on-the-job to explore all possible ways they can recover benefits and compensation after an accident happens.
What Are the Atlanta Work Accident Risks Faced By Long-Haul Truck Drivers?
Safety BLR recently published a report on a study conducted by National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH), which involved interviewing more than 1,000 truck drivers across the United States at 32 different truck stops nationwide. The goal of the study was to determine the dangers truckers face. According to the results:
- 35 percent of truck drivers indicated they had been in at least one car accident during the course of their career.
- 73 percent of the drivers said they had delivery schedules to meet which were unrealistically tight, prompting speeding, drowsy driving, and even potential violations of Hours of Service regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- 38 percent of truck drivers said they had not gotten adequate training before starting their jobs.
While the risk of motor vehicle accidents is a major concern for truckers, it isn’t the only concern. Strains and sprains are also common among long-haul truckers and 68 percent of truckers who missed work due to injuries not caused by car accidents did not report those injuries. Every truck driver who suffers any kind of on-the-job injury should report it and make a claim to get the workers’ comp benefits he deserves.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.