Lawyers for Truckers Injured in Accidents
Driving a large commercial vehicle is a tough and dangerous job that can cause injuries to truckers. The heightened risk to the truck driver’s health is often caused by the multitude of job-related factors including spending long hours behind the wheel in a sedentary position. The trucker is expected to provide bursts of vigorous strenuous activity when loading and unloading cargo and repetitive motions when driving the vehicle to and from its destination.
Our truck accident attorneys have experience representing truck drivers in accident cases involving collisions on the road and incidents occurring on the premises of companies and logistics companies. Before you speak to a representative from an insurance company, we invite you to contact our firm for a free consultation to discuss your legal options for recovery from an injury case or via workers’ compensation.
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that truck drivers have a disproportionately higher potential risk of suffering severe injuries, serious illnesses, and death on the job. Common injuries to truckers include:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury
Truck drivers involved in serious collisions and crashes are at great risk of suffering catastrophic injuries to the brain and spinal cord compared to victims injured in passenger vehicle cars. Most likely, the increased severity of injuries to truckers results from the vehicle’s massive weight and great height that make it more challenging to maneuver in an accident.
Working extended hours often leads to fatigue and slower reaction time needed to avoid accidents on the road. Injury to the truckers’ brain and spinal column typically requires many years of intensive rehabilitation, treatment, and follow-up surgeries. As a result, many truck drivers are required to leave their position to seek a different kind of employment if they are able to work at all after the accident.
Back and Neck Injuries
The very nature of a trucker’s job can cause painful and debilitating back and neck injuries. In addition to sitting in an idle position for many hours every day while transporting goods, equipment, and materials, many truckers are required to load and unload heavy cargo causing additional injury.
The vehicle’s constant vibration likely contributes to serious injuries. When the muscles in the back and neck become strained or sprained, the trucker often faces lifelong pain, debilitation, and discomfort.
Injury to the Upper Extremities
The strenuous and repetitive activities required of the truck driver places them in great jeopardy of receiving serious injuries to their upper extremities. This includes fractures, sprains, and strains to the hands, wrists, arms, elbows, and shoulders.
Most truckers are required to pull the vehicle’s fifth wheel pin and lower the landing gear to detach the trailer from the tractor. Inspecting, checking, servicing, and maintaining the truck and components is also difficult, where the commercial vehicle’s heavy hood must be raised or lowered by the truck driver to gain access to the engine.
Injuries to Lower Extremities
Many truck drivers suffer serious lower extremity injuries where the foot, ankle, knee, or leg is harmed while working. Many of these injuries are caused by slipping on the stair access to the cab and repeatedly lifting and carrying heavy equipment or boxes or from falling cargo.
Some lower extremity injuries suffered by truckers include torn ligaments, meniscus tears, damaged cartilage, and broken bones. Often times, an injury to the lower extremity is exacerbated due to the long stretches of required sitting while driving or frequently using the brake and gas pedal.
Seeking Compensation Against Parties Responsible for an Incident
Driving a truck is not like any other occupation and suffering injuries on the job often provides inadequate compensation from employers. This is because many truck drivers are not paid by the hour, but compensated by the mile. In addition, some injuries to truckers are challenging to document, especially those to the shoulder, back, and neck that might not be revealed in an x-ray or MRI (magnetic resonance image).
Oftentimes, employers will dispute truckers’ claims for compensation or attempt to deny them the benefits provided by workers’ compensation. Because of that, victimized truck drivers will hire Chicago truck injury lawyers who specialize in these types of cases. This is because most trucker injury cases are handled on contingency, saving the truck driver the need to pay any legal fees until the case for financial compensation is successfully resolved.
Hiring an Attorney to Represent Your Interests Following an Accident
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured truck drivers and their families in investigating their case for compensation. Our experienced law firm can build a solid case to file a claim or lawsuit against every party responsible for the injury. Our Chicago truck injury lawyers will ensure you receive adequate recompense to pay for your medical bills, lost time away from work, pain, suffering, and anguish.