If your truck cab is your job site, you can seek workers’ compensation for injuries you sustain on the road. In fact, this is true for anyone who gets hurt in a collision where driving a truck is part of the job. At Solnick & Associates LLC, we are dedicated to helping victims of commercial truck accidents fight for just compensation. If you’ve been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, we want to help make sure you receive the maximum benefits you deserve.
Commercial Truck Accident Injury Trends
Common Causes Collisions Involving Commercial Trucks – Negligent Drivers
As a truck driver, you know all too well that some people just don’t understand what it’s like to be behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or tractor trailer. Few passenger car drivers give commercial trucks the respect they command. As a result, they often put truck drivers in dangerous situations by doing things like:
- Texting and driving
- Changing lanes suddenly
- Swerving and weaving around commercial trucks
- Driving in truck drivers’ blind spots
- Not providing room for commercial trucks to change lanes or merge
In these and other situations, truck drivers may be entitled to workers’ compensation while also being able to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.
Common Causes Collisions Involving Commercial Trucks – Other Causes
Of course, commercial truck drivers in Jenkintown and the greater Philadelphia area face many other risks as well. In addition to accidents caused by negligent drivers, truck drivers may also suffer job-related injuries due to:
- Overloaded or improperly-secured cargo
- Being forced or pressured to drive long hours
- Loading and unloading accidents
- Injuries from straps, doors, tools, or equipment
- Falling from a truck
- Other slip-and-fall accidents
Each of these is a situation where you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
Commercial Truck Accident Fatalities in 2015
Commercial truck accidents are dangerous, and many drivers are fortunate to survive. Sadly, hundreds of commercial truck drivers succumb to life-threatening injuries every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports on the causes of fatal truck accidents. In 2015, these causes included:
- Being crushed under an overturned truck
- Being hit by a reversing dump truck
- Tire explosions
- Collisions with heavy equipment and other commercial vehicles
- Being crushed while unloading a car from a tow truck
This is just a small sample, but it highlights the broad range of risks that commercial truck drivers face on a daily basis. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a commercial truck accident in the Philadelphia area, we encourage you to contact one of our workers’ compensation attorneys for a free consultation.
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Filing for workers’ compensation is a difficult process, and employers and their insurance companies will fight to limit your benefits. If you file for workers’ compensation on your own, you run the risk of not receiving the full amount you are rightfully owed. At Solnick & Associates LLC, we can put the odds in your favor and help you obtain maximum benefits. To speak with one of our attorneys for free, please call (877) 958-7010 or contact us online today.