It goes without saying that people who drive lorries for a living will face far more potential hazards than any of their friends or family who work in offices. There are many situations that can lead to injured lorry drivers. Strain can occur to muscles on the neck or back while loading or unloading the contents of trucks.
Where drivers are working to strict deadlines, there can be a tendency to be impatient during these operations, so people can forget the correct lifting methods in their hurry. Drivers also face other common hazards, such as tumbling from vehicles, or falling into openings. This can happen when they are exiting their vehicle or inadvertently step into potholes in the loading bay.
There are various aspects of lorry driving which can inflict injury. The commonest of these will be collisions with other vehicles. Drivers can be crushed by objects they are lifting, they can hurt themselves lifting hitched trailers, or when opening containers. Cargo can also be dangerous if incorrectly secured, causing items to tumble on top of the driver when entering the storage area.
Delivery drivers face additional hazards when dropping off parcels at residential properties. They might risk of slipping on someone’s path. They might be faced with aggressive dogs.
What are the longer-term prospects for injured lorry drivers?
Because drivers have a job that is physically demanding, it can take a toll on the body. This means that any injury has the potential to effectively end their working career. As well as the physical aspects of injury, there are also post-traumatic stress considerations.
This can be very debilitating, affecting an individual’s confidence when it comes to returning to work. Where an employer suspects that one of their staff is undergoing any sort of mental stress, then they have a duty to provide the appropriate medical care and counselling.
Have you suffered injury while driving?
If any the injuries described here sound familiar, then you might have considered the possibilities of investigating a compensation claim. If this conjures worrying thoughts of drawn-out legal proceedings, rest assured that we can provide all the expert advice you could possibly require.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today, on 0800 689 0500. We will ensure that the circumstances surrounding your case will be presented to one of our professional compensation claims lawyers. Another plus is that these cases rarely require court appearances.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen