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What hazards do tow truck drivers face?

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Tow truck drivers in Virginia face a myriad of challenges. The risks vary from navigating heavy traffic to dealing with inclement weather.

Towing companies and these hard working drivers should ensure they understand all the towing hazards so they can suitably address them. These are a few of the most common:

Navigating through heavy traffic

One of the primary hazards for tow truck drivers in Virginia is operating in heavy traffic. Highways like I-95 or the I-64 corridor can become incredibly congested, posing risks of collisions. Drivers must remain vigilant because sudden stops and quick lane changes are common, especially during rush hours.

Working in inclement weather

Virginia’s climate means tow truck drivers often work in challenging weather conditions. Winter brings snow, ice and sleet, making roads slippery and visibility poor. Rain the rest of the year also creates hazardous driving conditions. 

Exposure to dangerous roadside situations

Tow truck drivers frequently find themselves in potentially dangerous roadside situations. They are often required to work close to fast-moving traffic, increasing the risk of being struck by passing vehicles. The nature of their work requires constant alertness to ensure their safety.

Physical strain and risk of injury

This job is physically demanding because tow truck drivers must handle heavy equipment and machinery. This physical strain can lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Hooking and securing vehicles for towing is intricate and can lead to accidents or injuries.

When a tow truck driver suffers an injury, they should get immediate medical attention. Workers’ compensation should cover that expense. Other benefits might also be possible, so these workers may need to have someone on their side who understands these matters and can help them get what they’re due.