Operating a big rig requires specialized skills, and when things go wrong, the consequences can be severe. Drivers of large commercial vehicles are exposed to a variety of workplace injuries, and crashing such a large truck could be life-threatening. The California Highway Patrol reports that the swift actions of an off-duty firefighter and a deputy recently saved the life of a big rig driver after his vehicle rolled over.
Reportedly, the rig carried a load of granite and marble slabs in a shipping container. Authorities say the truck was exiting Highway 1 near Watsonville when the driver lost control, causing the rig to roll over shortly before 8 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. The driver was pinned inside the cab, but the off-duty firefighter and sheriff's deputy who passed by were on the scene immediately after it happened.
They called for help, kicked out the truck's windows and stabilized the trapped driver. Emergency services arrived to transport the driver to the hospital. According to CHP, the severity of the man's injuries was moderate to major. They suspect that wet road conditions and excessive speed contributed to the crash.
Big rig drivers that are employees and not independent contractors may be entitled to seek financial relief through the workers' compensation insurance system of California. Victims of workplace injuries can file benefits claims in pursuit of compensation for medical expenses and lost income -- if their injuries kept them off work for some time. Some employees choose to utilize the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to navigate the complicated administrative and legal claims proceedings for them.
Source: register-pajaronian.com, "Flipped big rig closes Hwy 1 offramp at Riverside Drive", Tarmo Hannula, March 22, 2018