Delivery drivers are essential workers in today’s economy, yet their jobs are more dangerous than you may think. Not only are they on the road all day, but they face various hazards any time they enter private property. With icy winter weather on the way, the dangers increase.
Here are some of the most common dangers for delivery drivers:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Any time you drive for a living, there’s always the risk of accidents. Even if you follow all the safety rules, there’s no guarantee that other drivers will do the same. The risk goes up in busy cities. Motor vehicle accidents can include hitting others with your vehicle, parking-related incidents and more.
- Slip and fall accidents: When you enter private property to deliver packages, food or other important supplies, there’s no guarantee it’s safe. Hidden problems like broken stairs, cracked walkways, ice and snow can make a quick delivery downright dangerous. Slip-and-fall accidents are more common in the winter, thanks to inclement weather. They make up about 17 percent of nonfatal delivery driver accidents.
- Overexertion-related injuries: Lifting heavy objects can lead to overexertion-related injuries. These make up about 41 percent of nonfatal delivery driver accidents. Bend and lift with your knees, not your back—and follow all other workplace protocol as necessary. If your workplace recommends wearing special safety gear on the job, be sure to follow their guidance.
- Dog bites and dog-related injuries: Despite what you might see on the internet, not all dogs are fluffy bundles of joy. Depending on how they’re trained and whether they feel threatened, delivery drivers are at risk of dog bite injuries. On the other hand, even friendly dogs can inadvertently hurt delivery drivers. Large dogs can jump up and knock visitors over, leading to serious injury.
- Pedestrian accidents: Eventually, drivers have to get out of their vehicle and deliver on foot. This puts them at risk of pedestrian/car accidents. When you add busy city streets, a tight time schedule and difficult parking into the mix, you are at higher risk of being hit by a car or other equipment.
If you’ve been injured at your delivery driver job, contact a personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other costs.
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