In a recent article it was noted that truck drivers are the second most likely occupation to be injured on the job and require time off of work because of it. Since it is open enrollment time I thought this is a good time to talk about that.
During open enrollment you can choose to change your benefits at your company. Many larger companies offer long and short term disability. This pays you a certain percentage of your check if you are unable to work. Short term is generally for up to 26 weeks and long term takes over from there. Depending on the plan it can be for 5 years, 7 years or even longer. We currently have a driver that is injured and has been off for 11 months. Without the short and long term disability he would be in a real pickle. I take the short and long term disability at work and I recommend it to you if your employer offers it. If they don't, ask them to. It is very expensive to buy on the open market. In the event of an injury you will be able to recover and keep a roof over your hear. As you get your open enrollment information look for the disability part and give it a read.
See you on the road!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.