Back and neck injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by professional truck drivers. Approximately 500,000 highway accidents happen each year involving a tractor trailer and nearly 75% of these accidents are caused by the driver of the passenger vehicle – not the trucker. Back and neck injuries are a common injury resulting from these accidents. Truck drivers also suffer painful back and neck injuries from lifting cargo or equipment, but back and neck injuries can also occur from less strenuous activities such as climbing into your cab or simply bending over to tie your shoe. One thing is clear – professional truck drivers are more likely to suffer back and neck injuries than the average person. The main reasons relate to the job requirements and lifestyle associated with professional trucking.
Professional truckers drive 5 to 7 days a week, 8 to 10 hours a day (or more), tens of thousands of miles a year, with very few breaks. These extended periods of sitting are followed by bursts of strenuous activity such as lifting and bending, which naturally leaves truckers susceptible to back and neck injuries. The vibration of the truck and the bouncing of the seat are also thought to contribute to the high occurrence of back and neck injuries in trucker drivers. This combination is a recipe for painful back and neck injuries.
The cause of neck and back pain is not always apparent from X-Rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic testing. For this reason, truck drivers often express frustration that doctors and other health care providers are not able to treat their injuries, and, in some cases, refuse to recognize that the trucker is even injured. The pain from the injury combined with the lack of respect shown by health care providers can be disheartening.
We can help. We have a team of health care professionals who are used to caring for injured truckers and have the expertise to determine the cause of your back or neck injury, even when the cause of the injury is not obvious from diagnostic tests. If your back or neck injury resulted from a work related accident, or was caused by the negligence of a third party, we will help you recover the compensation you are owed. You will be treated with respect and we will do everything we can to make sure you receive the medical treatment you need.