Serious Risk of On the Job Motor Vehicle Accidents in Georgia


December 12, 2010

Millions of employees throughout the U.S. are exposed to the risk of being injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job. Estimates place the number of employees that operate motor vehicles as part of the their job duties at 3.9 million. Forty percent of those who operate motor vehicles as part of their job operate a heavy truck such as a tractor-trailer. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of job related fatalities, accounting for 35% of all work related fatalities.

When an employee is injured or killed in a work related car crash, the situation can be complicated in terms of obtaining compensation for one's injuries. In most states the workers' compensation system typically provides an exclusive remedy for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident while on the job with respect to one's employer. Because the compensation available through workers' compensation is much more limited than in a civil lawsuit, it can be important to pursue a third party claim against other potential responsible parties. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those who suffer serious injuries in job related car wrecks throughout Atlanta and ALL of Georgia for over 25 years.

Over 2,000 people per year are killed annually in job related motor vehicle accidents. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a study of job related motor vehicle collisions and found that the factors most commonly associated with fatal on the job car accidents include the following:

  • Failing to remain in the proper lane 46%
  • Excessive speed 23%
  • Distracted Drivers 11%
  • Fatigued or drowsy driver 7%

While work injury claims against your employer may provide compensation for medical bills and lost wages, there are significant limits on available recovery. If an employee suffers a catastrophic injury like a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, workers' compensation benefits may be woefully inadequate. Our attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will seek additional compensation from the negligent driver's insurance policy, others whose conduct contributed to the accident and/or your own uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a job related car accident, our Georgia car accident lawyers can help you maximize the compensation you receive by pursuing a workers' compensation claim, third party lawsuit or even a claim against your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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