Lax Fleet Management of Company Vehicles May Lead to Work-Related Collisions


February 11, 2014

Although many people consider a car supplied by an employer to be a valuable employment-related perk, recent research conducted by TomTomĀ® reveals that car fleets may be subject to slower adoption of technology than truck and van fleets. Trucks and vans that are part of company fleets are carefully tracked with GPS technology. Although professionals that drive company cars may be less amendable to being tracked with onboard technology, these tools are used to help drivers avoid traffic congestion, more efficiently monitor mileage for taxes, reduce the risk of tickets for speeding and avoid collisions.

The implementation of fleet technology can promote driver safety because the TomTom study found that one in three car accidents in the UK are work-related. TomTom's recent study reveals that eight in ten of study participants address work-related driving safety as a component of their business's policies for health and safety. More than forty percent of the companies did not perform risk assessment of their fleets nor did they have procedures for preventing fatigue.

When fleet technology is implemented by companies, they can monitor driving practices and evaluate appropriate strategies for reducing injuries to the public and employees caused by accidents involving business vehicles. This can reduce injuries while also heading off rapidly rising insurance premiums.

Those injured in car accidents while engaging in work-related duties or tasks for the benefit of an employer may have a right to workers' compensation benefits. However, these benefits may be less substantial than the financial recovery in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. When an employee is injured in a collision while performing work-related duties because of the negligence of another driver, the injury employment may also have a right to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.

Our Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorneys and Auto/Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates handle both workers' compensation claims and personal injury claims/lawsuits when appropriate for employees involved in crashes in company vehicles. Because workers' compensation benefits do not include damages like pain and suffering, diminished enjoyment of life experiences, loss of consortium or punitive damages, a personal injury lawsuit against a third party negligent driver may provide a much more complete financial recovery. Sometimes a personal injury claim or lawsuit also may be brought against other third parties like public entities that design unsafe roads, vehicle manufacturers that produce defective vehicles or others whose conduct contributes to a collision.

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If you have been involved in a work-related car accident, our Atlanta workers' compensation lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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