We know that trucking accidents create serious potential for injury for other drivers on the road. And, of course, the drivers are at risk for injury in these accidents as well. What we often don’t think about is how the nature of the job is dangerous, even when there is no accident.
Truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their data shows that truck drivers suffer nonfatal injuries at a rate three times higher than other workers. The statistics also show that one out of six workers who suffer fatal injuries are semi truck drivers.
What are the hazards of truck driving?
Although vehicle accidents are the most common reason drivers suffer injuries, they are just one of the dangers truckers face. Additional issues include:
- Muscle and nerve injuries from repetitive motions such as working the truck’s gears
- Back, spinal cord and muscle injuries from heavy lifting
- Illnesses caused by sitting for hours, lack of sleep and job stress
- Chemical exposure from diesel fumes and toxins in cargo
All workers deserve protection on the job
Despite federal regulations governing the trucking industry, truck drivers must still meet tight deadlines. This pressure by the trucking companies often results in risky practices that can cause injuries and illnesses.
Trucking companies can be held responsible for causing injuries to their drivers as well as to other victims of trucking accidents. If you suffer injuries as a truck driver, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Depending on the specifics of your incident, you may be able to seek additional compensation from a negligent third party.
Speak with a work accident lawyer if you have questions about your on-the-job injury.