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Safety tips for delivery drivers

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

As commerce increasingly moves online and the need for delivery drivers grows, you may be new to this profession. Even veteran workers should refresh their employment safety knowledge to avoid injuries in incidents such as auto accidents.

Keep these safety tips in mind if you deliver packages and freight for a living.

Install a camera

If your employer does not already have a dashcam in your truck or you use your own vehicle for deliveries, consider installing a simple camera. In the case of an accident, you will have documentation that could prove another driver’s fault and protect you from liability. Keep in mind that even if you share fault in a work-related auto accident, Connecticut still allows you to collect workers’ compensation benefits for eligible injuries.

Check your blind spots

Many truck accidents occur with vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. Always check the full perimeter around your truck before changing lanes or making a turn. This can also help prevent serious accidents involving a pedestrian or cyclist.

Get enough sleep

Drowsy driving plays a major role in truck accidents. Follow all federal regulations for truck drivers; for example, you can drive for a maximum of 11 hours after 10 hours off-shift and cannot drive after a break of fewer than 8 hours since your last shift. If your employer does not abide by these laws, make a report to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

These three steps can help you reduce the risk of a serious injury at work as a truck driver. If you do get hurt, you can apply for Connecticut workers’ compensation benefits.