Injuries courier drivers experience range from the uncomfortable and irritating to the serious and debilitating. As courier drivers, the threat of accidents on the road comes with the territory. However, it’s far from the only danger.
Common injuries experienced by couriers
- Back injuries: Spending all day driving will inevitably take its toll on your back, even if you spend the working day sitting with a perfect posture. The sheer number of movements and body adjustments you have to make whilst driving, multiplied by the length of time couriers drive for, will have an impact. Packing and unpacking a van can also lead to backache due to the poor form when lifting heavy items.
- Whiplash: Any courier driver of significant experience will inevitably at some point be involved in a road traffic accident. At the very least, they will have had to take evasive action to avoid one. Whiplash injuries are caused by sudden head movements. They are one of the most common car accident injuries because of the lurching motion drivers experience before the seat belt snaps into action. Whilst whiplash can be painful and require careful rehabilitation, it’s infinitely preferable compared to other consequences
- Broken bones: Another common consequence of accidents on the road are broken bones. Though car safety has come a long way in modern times, sometimes serious injuries just can’t be avoided. Today, cars offer their drivers more protection than ever before. Unfortunately, in a serious road accident, even that is sometimes not enough.
How can courier drivers avoid injuries?
Courier drivers are subject to a number of health and safety measures. There are certain medical conditions that prohibit driving as a career choice. Furthermore, there are limits placed on the number of hours couriers can drive at a time. This is to prevent tiredness and avoid mistakes on the road.
There are many dangerous elements when it comes to driving. The biggest one is probably the fact that your safety is not just dependent on your own skill and vigilance, but that of others.
With this in mind, it can be reassuring to know that you may be due injury compensation if you are hurt in a road accident.
If the accident was the fault of another driver or negligence with regards to road conditions etc., then call Accident Advice Helpline today.
Our expert advisors will be able to talk you through the claims process before you decide to proceed. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice