It is understandable that the construction industry will slow down in July and August, as these are traditionally the hottest months of the year in our region, but for the trucking industry, business is still robust. With how active truckers are, the number of them who are severely injured while working may still be a mystery.
Unfortunately, one in every six Americans killed in the course of their employment is a truck driver. The Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2014, 761 truckers were killed in accidents. Many of those killed were behind the wheel when they met their demise and this number has steadily climbed each year for the past five years.
With the economy improving, it is expected that more trucks will be on the road during more hours of the day with more businesses and consumers needing goods. Additionally, so many public service announcements and commercials bemoaning the dangers of semi-trucks, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that truckers can be seriously injured in an accident.
In fact, aside from the deaths reported, truck drivers lead all other industries in the number of days lost from the job because of injury. Because of this, it is essential that truckers understand their rights under Arizona workers’ compensation law. After all, these benefits are provided so that truckers can meet their financial obligations as they recuperate from their injuries.
If you are an injured truck driver and have questions about workers’ compensation benefits, an experienced attorney can advise you.