Commercial truckers provide us with a huge service by transporting our food, electronics, clothes, and many other goods to the stores we love to shop at. But most people do not appreciate how great are the dangers of being injured that truckers face every day as they go to work. Sadly, the risks are not limited to the time period they drive. These injuries can be life-altering and are sometimes so severe that the trucker becomes totally disabled or dies.
Common Injuries Truckers Suffer on the Job
While many trucker work-related injuries are caused in vehicle accidents, there are a number of other ways truckers are injured, simply by doing their jobs. Common types of work injuries include:
- Loading and unloading injuries. These injuries are caused by carrying or lifting heavy objects into and out of a truck, dropping cargo objects, or slipping and falling while loading or unloading the vehicle. Truckers often suffer musculoskeletal disorders of the neck, back, and legs, and upper body, such as tendonitis and tension neck syndrome.
- Repetitive stress injuries. Truck drivers can suffer carpel tunnel syndrome or shoulder pain from gripping the steering wheel for long periods, or neck and back pain from sitting in one position while driving.
- Falls from elevations. These accidents occur when truckers fall on stairs, into openings, or from their vehicles when making deliveries, stepping into holes at loading or unloading areas, or while entering or exiting their trucks. The most common injuries are to the back and knees.
- Being struck by objects. Truckers can be hit by or hit objects such as vehicle parts, lift-gates, pallet jacks, and boxes or other containers when lifting hitched trailers, opening containers, and attaching trailers to vehicles. A person’s back is most commonly injured in these accidents.
- Traffic accidents. These accidents can be caused by the trucker or other motorists and can result in serious injuries like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, burns, internal organ damage, and death.
Truckers injured on the job could be entitled to compensation for their medical bills and lost wages under workers’ compensation. In addition, they might be entitled to damages from other parties, especially if the injuries were caused in a vehicle accident.
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