Truck Drivers have the highest fatalities compared to any other job
Newsweek reported in January 2018 on a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noting that truck drivers and delivery workers were at the highest number of workplace fatalities in 2016. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 918 truck drivers and driver sales workers died on the job. This was a 7% increase from the year before and the highest since 2008. This number exceeds the 260 fatalities for farmers and agricultural managers.
Of the 2,083 fatalities that were linked to transportation incidents, half of them were due to collisions. The statistics established that it was deadlier for workers operative vehicles versus those compared by rail or water.
Newsweek reported that the trucking industry was undergoing significant change as workers and truck drivers were grappling with a growing number of small packages due to online shopping.
If you have been injured in a work-related motor vehicle accident or trucking accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including wage loss, permanent partial disability, vocational rehabilitation, and medical benefits. Truck drivers are entitled to benefits. Most employers and insurers fail to appropriately inform their employees and injured workers the rights that they have under the law. Consequently, it is important that injured workers become empowered and learn of their rights under the law.
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