Statistically, truck drivers are generally much more careful on the road than automobile drivers. Generally, accidents involving trucks are not the fault of the truck driver; rather, they are the result of unforeseen road hazards or the negligence of other drivers.
Truck drivers are traveling employees. As such, the Workers’ Compensation Commission applies the traveling employee doctrine to truck drivers. From the moment they clock in, to the time they clock out, drivers are acting in the course of employment. Drivers can be on the road from several hours to several days. A variety of injuries can occur during motor vehicle accidents involving trucks. Injuries often involve the shoulders, knees, and lower back. Shoulder injuries and back injuries frequently arise from lifting. Mounting and dismounting trucks can lead to knee and ankle problems and shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries. Other workers’ compensation injuries that frequently arise include heart attacks and strokes.
We recognize the high driving costs of controlling workers’ compensation cases for trucking companies, and understand that transportation, trucking and automobile-related incidents can cause a hindrance to our clients’ operations. Trucking accidents are generally fact-intensive. We strive to obtain, without delay, all information that can be used to aggressively defend our clients. We work to secure the proper result, so our clients can focus on their business with minimal interruption.