Lincoln Injury Blog

Truck drivers at high risk for injuries

When Nebraska residents think about dangerous jobs, certain ones may come to mind. Police officers, linemen, construction workers, firefighters may be some of the jobs that appear to be dangerous. But, truck drivers also have a career that can be dangerous where truck driver injuries are common.

Truck driver injuries are more common than the public may think. Driving a truck is risky and there are many injuries and even deaths each year. One out of every six workers killed on the job is a truck driver and truck drivers are ranked number six for non-fatal injury occurrences each year. They are three times more likely than the average American worker to need days off from work due to an injury. The injuries are caused by slips, trips and overexertion. Overexertion can occur by pushing or pulling the containers they are hauling, lifting items while loading or unloading their truck and getting in and out of their truck. Truck driving ranks number three for workers who suffer from musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries are often so serious, that half of injured truck drivers are out of work for at least 20 days.

When a truck driver has to miss work because of an injury, they can be out of work for a long time. An injured worker can be worried about how their bills will be paid while they are out of work. A legal professional skilled in personal injury can help truck drivers receive the compensation to which they are entitled. Workers' compensation insurance is available for injured drivers and an attorney can help their client get the benefits they deserve.

Truck drivers in Nebraska have dangerous jobs. Many are injured on the job each year. Injured truck drivers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits for medical expenses, lost wages and disability.

Source: blog.dol.gov, "Truck driver job-related injuries in overdrive", Sean Smith and Patrick Harris, Aug. 17, 2016

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