Workplace Dangers For Tow Truck Drivers
ABC News 8 recently reported that Virginia State Police have charged a Florida man in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a tow truck driver. The tow truck driver was assisting a disabled RV on the right shoulder when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an 85-year-old Panama City, Florida resident. In addition to calling attention to the safety and protection of tow truck drivers, this tragedy also spotlights how important it is that every tow truck driver understands the workplace hazards he or she faces.
What Are the ABCs of Workplace Dangers For Tow Truck Drivers?
Accidents. As demonstrated above in the tragic example recently reported by ABC News, collisions with other vehicles are one of the biggest risks for tow truck drivers. Even when a driver makes every effort to be safe, accidents often occur when a tow truck driver has pulled over to assist a stranded motorist. The most severe injuries can result from when the tow truck driver is in the process of loading the vehicle onto the tow truck because the driver is totally exposed.
Bad weather. Accidents tend to increase during inclement weather conditions which means that tow truck drivers often work in weather conditions that most of us attempt to stay out of. And unfortunately, even when the tow truck driver is operating responsibly, another motorist can still lose control of their vehicle in the hazardous conditions.
Customers. Because a component of the tow truck business often requires drivers to repossess or impound vehicles, drivers can also face danger from irate car owners who may even threaten tow truck drivers with physical violence and weapons.
What Should Tow Truck Drivers Understand About Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Florida’s workers’ compensation statute generally covers all employees who are injured on the job at work during the course of employment. However, many tow truck drivers may not be categorized as employees at work and are instead categorized as independent contractors. Many employers of these kinds of workers may intentionally mislead their employees into thinking they are not entitled to full workers’ compensation coverage. However, even those who are considered independent contractors may be entitled to workers’ compensation and can even recover from the responsible parties on other grounds. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can evaluate both your employment status and disability and advise you of how to proceed.
Have You or the Worker You Love Been Injured While Working as a Tow Truck Driver?
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while working as a tow truck driver that you believe warrants entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits, allow us to help. The process for obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be overwhelming and challenging for anyone who has been injured at work, and obtaining benefits as a tow truck driver can be especially complicated. Fortunately, the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates have significant experience helping people like you and you should allow us to help you get the benefits you deserve. Begin by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.