Our delivery driver accident lawyers are experienced in handling a variety of different claims for injuries that delivery drivers commonly incur. A delivery driver accident can put a hardworking employee out of work for months. Delivery jobs are one of the fastest growing jobs in the US, but they have many inherent risks that can lead to accidents and injuries. Injured delivery drivers deserve the guidance and help of an experienced delivery driver accident lawyer to seek out a maximum recovery when they are injured on the job. Some common delivery driver accident risks include:
Delivery Driver Car Accidents
People who make their living as delivery drivers are exposed to a greater likelihood of motor vehicle accidents. Federal data suggests that approximately 14% of non-fatal delivery driver accidents were due to motor vehicle accidents. Employees who feel rushed and pressured by their companies tend to have higher rates of serious work injuries. Drivers for these companies feel compelled to roll through stop signs and ignore the speed limit to complete package delivery goals. Long hours and driver fatigue can also contribute to accidents among drivers.
Dog Bites and Dog Attacks on Delivery Drivers
Dog bite injury claims are a frequently cited hazard for delivery drivers. In fact, the United States Postal Services has over $5,000 annual employee injuries stemming from dog bites. In Pennsylvania, a dog’s owner who violates any of dog confinement laws is liable for damages. This a called a “strict liability” rule, because the dog’s owners can be held liable for a victim’s medical costs even if the dog does not have a previous bite history. A deliver driver accident lawyer can help workers injured by dog bites seek financial recovery.
Overexertion injuries account for about 40% of non-fatal delivery driver injuries. Overexertion injuries are broken down into three types:
- Injuries from excessive physical effort. These injuries occur when an employee uses intense force, such as lifting and lowering heavy packages.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries – these injuries occur when an employee does the same task each day for a long time
- Injuries from free motion – when employees do regular movements with the wrong form or too quickly. Twisting and kneeling are too examples of motions that can cause these types of injuries.
Nearly 75% of these overexertion injuries occurred while lifting and lowering boxes and packages.
Premises Liability Claims for Delivery Drivers
A delivery person who is injured from a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, they might have a premises liability claim. Pennsylvania law requires property owners to maintain their property in a safe condition. Delivery drivers who slip on icy steps or fall on a poorly maintained sidewalk may be able to hold the property owner liable for negligence. Slip and fall injuries accounted for over 20% of work-related accidents for delivery drivers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Workers Compensation and Delivery Driver Injuries
When a delivery driver is injured while at work, they are entitled to file a workers compensation claim. A workers compensation insurance carrier protects the employer during an employee injury; many delivery drivers count on a personal injury lawyer to ensure someone is advocating for their best interests. Our lawyers have years of experience in workers compensation and will fight tirelessly for injured employees.
If you have suffered a delivery driver accident and sustained a serious injury, reach out to the lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC. Our attorneys are experienced in these types of cases and understand how to navigate the legal system to seek your maximum possible recovery. Give us a call at 215-666-7777 or send us a message today and talk directly with an attorney for a free consultation.