Could More Owner Operators Be Entitled to Work Comp? Let’s Hope So!

Over the years, trucking companies pushed to classify employees as owner-operators. The reason us simple - to avoid paying truckers workers' compensation benefits. Trucking companies and other employers usually only have to pay workers' compensation benefits to employees (company drivers).  They generally are not required to pay benefits to owner-operators because they are considered "independent [...]

Diesel fumes cause cancer

Credit: WHO/PAHO You probably knew that diesel fumes could be bad for your health.  But now it's official.  The World Health Organization has declared that diesel exhaust does cause cancer, and placed it in the same category as “passive smoking”.  The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is minimal. However, since so many people [...]

Supplemental Security Income Provides Income For Hurt Truckers With Limited Resources

In our last post, we we discussed Social Security Disability (SSD) as a way for hurt truck drivers to pay bills when they cannot work.  In this segment of "Paying Bills After An Injury", we discuss a similar program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a federal government benefit program that pays monthly benefits [...]

Social Security Disability Can Help Hurt Truckers Pay Bills After An Injury

In our prior post on “Paying Bills After an Injury,” we discussed private disability insurance.  We continue the segment in this post discussing Social Security Disability benefits. Many people think that Social Security is just a retirement program.  That is not the case. Under certain circumstances, Social Security also provides disability benefits to those who [...]

Disability Insurance Can Help Truck Drivers Pay Bills After An Injury

In our last segments on “Paying Bills After an Injury,” we discussed workers' compensation and workers' compensation benefits.  We continue the segment in this post by discussing disability insurance policies. Disability insurance policies are sold by private insurance companies such as Aetna and the Hartford Financial. These policies pay benefits in the event you become [...]

Does Your Trucking Company Treat You Like Its Most Valuable Resource?

Does your trucking company treat you like their most valuable resource?Has anyone else come across a trailer with this message?  We recently snapped this picture just outside of Joplin, Missouri.  The trailer has an important message - truck drivers really are the most valuable resource of any trucking company.  Without truck drivers, goods wouldn't move, [...]