This week, we can explore a few related topics. Think back to the collision and the weeks and months right after it. Think about the help you did – or DID NOT – get… and where you got it or wanted to get it from.
What was good – and what wasn’t? In a perfect world, what support should be there truckers who may go through this in the future?
When my accident happened the company helped me get home. After that the company said it was up to compensation board to deal with. I was off 7 months. Comp played me when I got back to work. I had no income, a wife and 2 kids (1 and 3 years old at time). I went to welfare and they offered me 2 dollars and said that was all I was entitled to. I went into debt with credit cards to survive and to take care of my family. After I got back to work 6 months later I had to get shoulder surgery due to the accident and was off 6 months more and did not comp check till I went back to work. My accident happened in 1997 and I am still in debt to this day. The only one that was there for me was my wife. I mentally put her through hell and she still stuck with me. I believe that there should be help for Truckers like there is for 1st responders and police. I went to a psychiatrist back in 1998 and that’s when I found out I had PTSD. I hope no other Trucker has to go through what I did. The part that bothers me other than memories of the accident and physical pain is that I was in the bunk and the other driver in the truck crashed the truck. I did nothing wrong and my family and myself have to suffer due to someone else and no help from government or company.