Truck and delivery drivers are often faced with a higher-than-normal rate of danger in their environments. In fact, one out of six workers killed on the job is a tractor-trailer truck driver. In 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available, more than 760 truck drivers died on the job – the fifth straight year of increased fatalities. While transportation incidents accounted for the vast majority of the deaths – at nearly 78 percent – there are still plenty of other workplace hazards that pose a threat to truck and delivery drivers. If you’ve lost a loved one in one of these tragic accidents, don’t wait to call a Colorado workers compensation attorney today at 303-792-5595.
As part of their job, these employees typically are required to face heavy lifting, operate large machinery, and maneuver unpredictable road conditions while they’re driving. This can pose significant accident risks. Tractor-trailer truck drivers are responsible for roughly one out of every 20 workplace injury and illness incidents that required time away from work. These particular drivers are also three times more likely than any other member of the labor force to suffer an injury or illness that takes them out of work.
Delivery drivers also face similar on-the-job perils, if not worse. For example, in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked pizza delivery driver as one of the country’s deadliest occupations, particularly in terms of facing violence on the job. In 2014, assailants shot at least 20 pizza delivery drivers in the United States.
If you’re a truck or delivery driver and have been hurt on the job, Burg Simpson’s Colorado work comp lawyers are acclaimed and experienced attorneys who can help you navigate the complex workers’ compensation system and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION form right now.
RECEIVE WORKERS’ COMP BENEFITS AS A TRUCK DELIVERY DRIVER
In Colorado, truckers and delivery drivers don’t have to prove that anyone was at fault for their injuries. The Colorado workers’ comp attorneys at Burg Simpson have helped hundreds of drivers obtain compensation for injuries caused by a variety of on-the-job accidents. The most common injuries these drivers suffer include:
- Transportation incidents: Traffic accidents account for nearly 80 percent of on-the-job injuries and deaths, due in no small part to the amount of time they spend on the road.
- Loading and unloading accidents: Aside from spending the bulk of their time behind the wheel, drivers spend a lot of their workday loading and unloading cargo, which can contribute to musculoskeletal and repetitive injuries. In fact, tractor-trailer drivers rank No. 3 nationally for employees who suffer musculoskeletal disorders.
- Slips and falls: Drivers, who spend a lot of time operating in inclement weather, run a higher-than-average risk of slipping and falling when getting in and out of their vehicle.
- Exposure to hazardous substances, chemicals and toxins. Drivers often spend prolonged periods of time exposed to exhaust fumes and other toxins.
These injuries are compounded by the fact that truck drivers of all types who get hurt on the job take far longer than most to recover from their injuries. According to the BLS numbers, about half of all truck drivers need at least 20 days of recovery before they’re able to return to work. If you’ve been hurt on the job and are unable to get back to your job, call the Colorado workers comp lawyers at Burg Simpson today.
Recovering from a workplace injury can be hard enough. Trying to manage your own workers’ compensation claim at the same time is not only ill-advised, but it can incredibly difficult. Your employer and their insurance company has help, so why shouldn’t you? Call today to speak with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our >FREE Case Evaluation Form now.