If you are a truck driver for one of Alabama’s numerous transit companies (Alabama Freight, AMX Trucking, Boyd Brothers, Baggett Transportation, BPI Transportation, Malone Freight, etc.), this article by the U.S. Department of Labor isn’t shocking in the slightest-but it caught me by surprise.
According to the Department of Labor, Heavy and Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers (Over the Road and Local Haul) account for 1 in 20 job injuries that require the injured worker to miss time from work in America. Moreover, 1 in every 6 American workers killed on the job is a Tractor Truck Driver. The vast majority of these deaths were caused by transportation accidents / wrecks.
In a 2016 study, Tractor Trailer Operator was listed as the 9th Most Dangerous Job in the United States.
The vast majority of automobile accidents which occur in the U.S. do not involve large trucks (trucks weighting between 10,000-80,000 pounds), which speaks to the excellent driving performed by most large truck drivers. All too often, these accidents are the fault of someone in a much smaller vehicle. Drivers in cars forget the needs of large trucks-they cannot stop on a dime, and whipping a vehicle immediately of a large truck, tailgating a Tractor Trailer or staying in the “No Zones” (the blind spots where the Tractor Trailer Operator cannot see a car-studies show that 60% of accidents involving large trucks occur in these zones) is a recipe for disaster.
T.V. Lawyers look at Truck Drivers as a cash-cow, someone to sue. At Powell and Denny, they are out clients.
If you are a professional truck driver, you have suffered a work injury in Alabama, and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.
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