Posted On: February 28, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Truck Driver Injuries on the Job

Often, when the media reports about injuries sustained by people in a US truck accident, the victims that become the focus tend to be the people who were injured that were not in the truck at the time of the motor vehicle crash. While it’s true that car occupants, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders are at a disadvantage when it comes to traffic accidents involving a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer, an 18-wheeler truck, and other large trucks, truck drivers do get hurt and can be prone to serious injuries on the job, including burn injuries, internal injuries, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death.

Even during single-traffic crashes involving just a large truck, such as when the truck malfunctions or the truck driver makes a deadly mistake that causes his vehicle to fall off a bridge or drive off the road, the trucker can get hurt. Fortunately, most truckers have workers’ compensation benefits that provide compensation in the event of a work accident—regardless of who is at fault in causing the truck accident. The trucker may also be entitled to third party compensation if another party, such as a truck manufacturer or another driver, was responsible for causing the motor vehicle crash.

Non-Accident Related Truck Driver Injuries
Truckers are also prone to work-related injuries that don’t necessarily involve traffic accidents. Upper extremity injuries is one common problem among truckers who must operate a large truck for hours at a time. It doesn’t help that the work schedules of long-haul truckers can make it hard for them to find time to visit to a doctor or a chiropractor.

Examples of upper extremity injuries include low back pain, shoulder pain, arm tingling, hand tingling, and scapula pain. These common injuries can occur when a trucker pulls the fifth wheel pin, lifts and lowers a truck hood, falls or slips while getting out of the truck, unloads the truck, or, out of habit, rests a hand on a gearshift lever while it vibrates. There is also the stress that comes with spending so many hours and days on the road in the urgency to meet delivery deadlines.

Upper Extremity Injuries in the Trucking Industry, Chiroweb.com

Commercial Truck Driver Health and Safety- Preventing Injury and Illness, NIH.gov

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

If you are an Illinois truck driver who was injured on the job, please contact the Law Offices of Steven J Malman & Associates, PC to speak to an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney about your truck accident case.

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