With the boom of online shopping, many consumers rely on delivery drivers during the holiday season to deliver orders to their doorstep or to the intended gift recipient. However, many are not aware that delivery drivers are at an increased risk of accidents and injury while working. This risk increases substantially in the fall and winter months.
Most delivery drivers are covered by their employers Workers’ Compensation insurance, which provides for injury-related medical expenses and a portion of the driver’s lost wages. In the event of a fatal work accident, dependents of the deceased may be entitled to death benefits.
Like anyone who spends their day driving, truck drivers are naturally at an increased risk for traffic accidents. However, delivery drivers face additional challenges during the holiday and winter months.
- Reduced visibility: Fewer hours of daylight reduces visibility during delivery times.
- Inclement weather: Snow-covered, icy roads can make driving treacherous.
- Intoxicated drivers: Holiday parties and celebrations increase the number drunk drivers on the road.
- Increased traffic: Shopping, visiting, and holiday events increase road congestion.
Slip and Falls
Icy walkways, broken staircases, misplaced holiday decorations, and unmarked potholes are just some of the many hazards a delivery driver may encounter when making a delivery to a residence or commercial location.
Although many consider a slip, trip, and fall as nothing more than a stumble that is quickly recovered from, delivery drivers are often seriously injured in these types of falls. The injuries can be compounded if the individual is carrying a package, as this makes it harder to use his or her arms to catch a fall.
Common types of delivery driver slip and fall injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Spinal damage
- Elbow fractures
- Severe head trauma
Delivery drivers injured in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are typically eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Those injured on the job in South Carolina should speak to a Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer about filing a claim and other possible avenues of injury compensation.
Robbery of Delivery Drivers
Delivery drivers are at an increased risk of robbery around the holidays, and depending on the type of delivery, drivers are at risk for several different types of theft:
- Vehicle theft
- Truck Contents or package theft
- Armed robbery for cash
Drivers can follow a few safety precautions to reduce the risk of truck break-ins and robberies. The first is to remain vigilant and do not hesitate to call 911 if people are loitering or acting suspicious near the delivery truck. Never park in an isolated area for meals or rest breaks and carry as little cash as possible. Make sure to keep the doors to the truck locked at all times and always have a cell phone at hand.
Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Delivery Drivers Injured on the Job
If you have been injured while working as a delivery driver, an experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. is ready to hear your story. Our attorneys can help determine who is responsible for your accident and what types of compensation you may be entitled to. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call 803-929-3600 or 866-881-8623 today.
We assist injured workers across South Carolina, including those in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.