Truck Driver Injuries

Albuquerque Truck Accident Attorney Protecting Injured Truck Drivers - (505) 559-4117

Commercial truck accidents can cause injuries for drivers who are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, but they also may cause injuries for the truck driver themselves. Accidents are a significant on-the-job risk for truck drivers, but there are other risks that truck drivers face while working. Injured truckers have rights, and it is important that injured drivers receive compensation to help them pay for the medical care they need to recover. If you are a truck driver who was injured on the job, you should contact our Albuquerque truck accident lawyer to learn about your options and your rights.

Berenson & Associates, P.C. is here to help. Contact our offices to start your case today.

Common Types of Truck Driver Injuries

Driving commercial trucks can take a toll on drivers. The vibrations and motions of driving can have negative effects on the body. Drivers spend a significant amount of time sitting, which can lead to back and neck injuries. Long hours of steering can lead to repetitive stress injuries. Climbing up and down from the cab or jumping down can also stress joints and result in sprains and fractures if drivers aren’t careful.

There are many injuries that truck drivers can sustain in the course of their work, but these injuries can typically be grouped into three categories:

  • Traffic accidents
  • Loading and unloading injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries

Traffic Accidents

Accidents are a leading cause of severe injury for truck drivers. There are many regulations in place that require truck drivers to be safer drivers than the average driver, but the extreme size of commercial trucks can result in catastrophic accidents. When an accident does occur, drivers often sustain serious injuries when they take steps to avoid injuring others. Drivers may veer off the road, hit barriers or other objects, or make sudden changes in direction to avoid injuring other drivers on the road.

Loading & Unloading Injuries

Truck drivers may spend a significant portion of their working hours behind the wheel, but that doesn’t mean all accidents occur while driving. Loading and unloading trucks and trailers also can put drivers at risk of an accident. Lifting and carrying heavy objects, dropping heavy objects, falling objects, slipping or tripping, tie-down straps and chains, and other hazards can all cause injury to drivers.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Truck drivers spend many hours behind the wheel, which can lead to repetitive motions and injury. Steering, braking, shifting, and long periods of sitting can cause strain and may lead to repetitive stress injuries. The physical toll that driving takes on drivers shouldn’t be discounted. Years on the road can cause injury to drivers, even if they are fortunate enough to never be involved in an accident. Neck and back pain can be caused by extended time in a seated position. Shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries can be sustained from steering and shifting. Carpal tunnel is also a threat to drivers. Climbing into and out of trucks can stress a driver’s back and legs. If drivers choose to jump down, they can stress their joints, and even risk rolled ankles, sprains, falls, and fractures.

Truck Drivers & Worker’s Compensation Benefits

Work-related injuries are frequently eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Injured truck drivers may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover reasonable medical expenses. It also can be possible for drivers to claim wage replacement benefits to allow drivers time off to recover. Workers’ compensation is a "no-fault" system, which means that the driver doesn’t need to prove that their employer is responsible for their injuries. This means that negligent drivers can still receive compensation to aid their recovery, even if they are to blame for their own injuries.

Claim Your Benefits with Help from an Albuquerque Truck Accident Lawyer - (505) 559-4117

At Berenson & Associates, P.C., we are committed to protecting the rights of injured workers, including truck drivers. We understand the complexity of the trucking industry, and the hurdles you may be facing to get the compensation you need for your medical expenses. Our Albuquerque truck accident attorney can help you file your workers’ compensation claim and will guide you through the process of recovering the benefits you deserve. With more than 15 years of experience, we are well equipped to handle your case, and we offer personalized legal service to ensure every client’s needs are met.

Learn more. Contact our offices to schedule an initial consultation. Call (505) 559-4117 today.