Truck driving is a job that is prevalent all over the country. It may seem like an easy job on the surface, but it can actually be quite demanding. These are some of the most common injuries sustained by truck drivers in California.
As a truck driver, you will be on the road for many hours of the day and, sometimes, throughout the night depending on which shift you work. Being a truck driver also requires you to do a lot of heavy lifting when you are loading and unloading your truck.
Long hours and constant physical activity can lead to overexertion and fatigue. Overexertion can lead to a variety of injuries, such as musculoskeletal disorders. Some of these on-the-job injuries may even qualify a driver to initiate a workers’ compensation claim for his or her injuries.
Strains and sprains
It takes a lot of work to load and unload a truck. It takes a lot of lifting, bending, pushing and pulling, which can lead to muscle strains and bone fractures. On top of that, if a truck driver isn’t getting enough sleep and has a poor diet, that will further increase his or her chances of getting injured while on the job.
Motor vehicle accidents
Some of the worst injuries you can sustain while being a truck driver are from getting into motor vehicle accidents. Many factors can lead to an accident, such as getting distracted; other careless drivers; road hazards; or being so fatigued that you can’t properly focus on your surroundings, and you begin to make mistakes. Driving while exhausted can have some of the same effects as drunk driving, so it is important for drivers to know when they’re at their limit and take breaks when needed.
Many truck drivers are more prone to getting injured due to the nature of their job. Working long hours into the night with lots of physical labor involved can wear out your body, making it easier for you to get injured. If you do get injured on the job, it is essential that you reach out to a workers’ compensation attorney to see if you can get reimbursed for your injuries.