Trucking Related Injuries
In 2004, almost 64,000 truck drivers were hurt on the job, leading to the most lost days of work out of any profession.
Florida is especially dangerous. Of the 142,000 people hurt in tractor trailer accidents, a whopping 8,877 happened in the Sunshine State, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This ranks Florida as the third highest state for truck-related injuries in the United States.
Our Orlando truck accident attorneys, from Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter, have represented clients who have been injured in a variety of truck-related accidents.
Some common injuries for truck drivers include:
- Road collisions
- Lifting injuries
- Loading and unloading injuries
- Heart attacks
- Slip and fall injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Eye injuries
- Spinal injuries including lumbar and herniated disc requiring surgery.
In order to file a successful workers compensation claim, it is important that you know the complicated federal regulations, in addition to the laws in the state of Florida that govern claims for interstate truckers. This is because injuries can happen any time while you are on the road, hundreds of miles from your home.
Workers’ compensation laws typically provide coverage for your medical treatment and some disability benefits if you are injured while working. However, these benefits can vary significantly from one state to the next. It can be challenging and frustrating to try and make sense of conflicting state laws. Therefore, a lawyer can make your claim process much easier. The Florida truck accident attorneys at the personal injury law firm of Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter can help you deal with insurance adjusters and fight so that you receive the money you deserve for your on-the-job injury.
Reasons for accidents
There are number of different reasons a truck can be involved in an accident. Some of the more common include:
- Difficulty seeing blind spots from a large truck. Therefore, passenger vehicles do not always stay within range of the drivers side mirrors
- The driver is fatigued from driving for hours on end
- The truck is overloaded in an attempt to deliver goods in a single trip
- The driver is not paying enough attention or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Mechanical failure and defective components
- Over/Under Inflated Tires
- The driver is under pressure to meet a tight delivery deadline
- The driver does not leave enough space for their massive vehicle between other vehicles
Even if you were partially at fault for your accident, you can still collect workers compensation benefits.
Truck injuries are very serious. If you were injured or became ill from a truck-related job, please schedule a truck injury consultation with the Orlando truck accident attorneys at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter. We have the expertise and track record to get you awarded rightful compensation. Please call today.