Around 70% of all products in the United States are transported by trucks, so it’s vital that those who drive are able to stay in their careers for as long as possible. Without these important individuals working each day, much of the supply chain would be affected.
Truck crashes have the potential to lead to serious injuries that may negatively influence people in a number of ways. Truck drivers who crash may suffer from head injuries, spinal injuries, herniated discs and other injuries that impact their ability to continue working in the field.
Who’s most likely to get into a truck accident?
Drivers of all kinds can get into truck accidents, but males are more likely to be hurt or killed. In fact, only 5.8% of all truck drivers are women, so men are much more likely to be involved in these cases.
Statistics show that males made up around 97% of all truck driver fatalities in 2018.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations to protect you
As a truck driver, one of the best things you can do to stay safe is to continue to follow the regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA restricts how long you can drive to a maximum of 14 hours behind the wheel and sets mandatory rest times. Follow those rules to stay alert and focused while you’re on the road and to reduce the risk of a crash.
What should truck drivers do when they are injured?
When truck drivers get into a crash because of another vehicle and end up with injuries, it’s important that they do reach out to their employers. Even if they aren’t sure if they need medical attention, now is a good time to start looking into making a workers’ compensation claim.
If you get into a crash while driving your truck, you have gotten hurt on the job. As a result, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover any necessary medical care for your injuries. If you have to miss work, then the workers’ compensation insurance company should provide financial compensation for your lost wages once you miss enough time from work.