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Truck driving accidents are not the only hazards truckers face

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says truckers in Arizona and elsewhere face significant safety risks whenever they navigate their big rigs on the busy highways. The health and injury risks they face involve much more than truck driving accidents. Authorities say statistics show that automobile drivers contribute to approximately 70 percent of fatal truck accidents, with speeding cars playing a role in a significant percentage of those fatalities.

Along with transportation accidents, truck drivers often work on their own, loading and offloading shipments, lifting and carrying heavy objects which makes them vulnerable to musculoskeletal injuries such as sprained, strained and torn muscles and ligaments.

The frequent climbing up and down to enter and exit the cab and access trailers expose them to falls that can cause cuts, bruises and fractures. Contact with objects and struck-by accidents are prevalent among truckers, and exposure to the elements contribute to the dangers they face. Broken down vehicles can leave truck drivers in extremely cold or hot conditions for hours while they wait for assistance.

Arizona truckers will likely find comfort in the knowledge that any medical expenses they incur while working will probably be paid by the workers' compensation insurance system, which can also cover lost wages. However, benefits claims can become complicated when drivers who travel across the country suffer injuries in truck driving accidents in other states. This is where the skills of an experienced workers' compensation attorney come in. A lawyer will know how to navigate such a claim to obtain maximum benefits for an injured truck driver.

Source: osha.gov, "Trucking Industry -- Related Safety and Health Info", Accessed on May 18, 2018

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