Driving a commercial vehicle like a tractor-trailer or semi can be very dangerous. Even the most experienced and cautious truck drivers may be at risk of being injured in accidents on or off the road. To make matters worse, they often face unfair challenges when they try to get the medical treatment and financial support they need. Our goal with this blog is to clear up some of the confusion around injured truckers’ rights in Pennsylvania and to shed light on their avenues to recovery.
Types of Truck Driver Injuries
Driving in itself is a hazardous occupation, especially when you consider the sheer amount of traffic accidents that happen in the United States each year. When you also take into account the immense size and weight of a commercial vehicle, plus the fact that it may be carrying a heavy load, it is plain to see that truck drivers have their work cut out for them when it comes to staying safe on the road. A truck accident may leave a trucker suffering from spinal cord injuries, head trauma, broken bones, and other life-changing injuries.
Truck drivers face the added risk of experiencing work injuries while they’re not driving. This includes:
- Slip and fall accidents getting in and out of the cab of the truck
- Accidents at warehouses and loading facilities
- Lifting injuries, heat exhaustion, and overexertion injuries during loading and unloading
From drivers injured in truck accidents to those who have experienced serious injuries in loading, lifting, or warehouse incidents, truckers need to know how they can get the medical treatment and financial assistance they deserve.
Are Injured Truckers Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation covers all on-the-job injuries for employees across Pennsylvania. Whether a trucker is covered will depend on his or her classification as an employee versus an independent contractor, plus a number of other factors.
When injured truck drivers are covered by workers’ comp, they may be entitled to medical treatment and a portion of their lost wages without having to prove fault on the part of their employer or another party. This is supposed to simplify the claims process, but injured truckers often face other challenges that make their road to recovery more difficult than if they worked in other industries. This is why it is so important to talk to an attorney about your options. At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, we are here to give you the insight and answers that get you on the right path. All you have to do is call (888) 498-3023 for a free consultation.
Challenges Faced by Injured Truck Drivers in Pennsylvania & Nationwide
Injured truck drivers face specific challenges unique to their occupation and industry:
- Unless they drive in teams, truckers are often injured while they are alone. These “unwitnessed” injuries can be difficult to document and corroborate. Truckers will often have to prove that unwitnessed injuries were actually work-related and occurred during the performance of their job duties.
- When truck drivers are classified as independent contractors, they are not covered by workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. An analysis of your job duties and other circumstances surrounding your job can help us determine if you have been misclassified and should be considered an employee—and therefore covered by workers’ comp.
- Some of the biggest trucking companies are self-insured. This means they do not carry workers’ comp insurance but instead fund work injury claims out of pocket. Self-insured trucking companies are typically much more difficult to fight and hold liable for truck driver injury claims.
Protecting Pennsylvania & Out-of-State Truck Drivers Since 1922
As a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law firm, we at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC strongly believe in protecting the rights of injured truck drivers. Many of our office locations are near distribution warehouses and trucking headquarters. We recognize truckers and their families as important members of the Pennsylvania workforce and community. Throughout our nearly 100 years in practice, we have represented numerous commercial drivers, helping them get the help they need to rebuild and move on after serious work injuries.
Our truck driver injury attorneys handle workers’ compensation and personal injury cases for clients in Harrisburg, Carlisle, Hanover, York, Lancaster, and throughout the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your or a loved one’s injuries, we are confident in our ability to help you reach a brighter and more stable future.
Call (888) 498-3023 today for a free, private consultation. We’re here to help.