There are millions of tractor trailers registered for use in the U.S. that travel along the roadways moving products and equipment to where they need to be. The vast majority of truck drivers are very competent, careful, and highly skilled. For many truck drivers, trucking can be an intense profession that requires long days and weeks on the roads, which can lead to exhaustion. Trucking deadlines can be tight and the pressure to drive for longer periods than allowed may be intense, which can lead to catastrophic accidents for truck drivers.
Regardless of who is responsible for causing an accident involving a tractor trailer, drivers are entitled to receive compensation. Most commercial truckers are covered by workers’ compensation, even if they are at fault for the accident. Workers’ compensation typically provides coverage for medical care, disability benefits, partial wages, and vocational training if the trucker is prevented from returning to his or her former position after the accident.
In some cases, the accident may be caused by the negligent actions of a third party. In that case, the injured trucker can file a lawsuit against the responsible individual. The lawsuit can seek compensation for the damages and pain and suffering not covered under workers’ compensation. If a truck driver was killed, his or her family may also be able to pursue benefits under workers’ compensation, a civil lawsuit, or both. Continue reading