Motor Vehicle Accidents While Driving on the Job


June 14, 2015

The risk of roadway accidents associated with on-the-job operation of cars and trucks affects millions of United States workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over 3.6 million workers in the United States drive cars or trucks as a part of their job. Nearly 1.6 million of these workers are employed as commercial truck drivers. Over 1,153 workers were killed in 2012 while operating motor vehicles on-the-job. Another nearly 300 pedestrians died as a result of being struck by a car or truck and over 200 died in crashes occurring off the roadway.

Work-related motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injury for the employee and other individuals involved in the accident. According to data compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, lost wages and benefits for crash victims amounted to $61 billion in 2000. The cost to the employer for the loss of the employee from the workplace added an additional $4.6 billion. Crashes involving workers have far-reaching consequences for victims, employers, and the community.

Who is at Risk?

Nearly any employee who operates a motor vehicle as a part of their job is at risk of being involved in a car accident. Work-related motor vehicle accidents are often experienced by, among others, the following:

  • Professional drivers: This includes truck drivers, bus drivers, delivery drivers, taxi drivers, and other individuals who transport passengers or freight as an occupation. Professional drivers will often spend long hours on the road, placing them at greater risk of motor vehicle related accidents.
  • Occasional drivers: The occasional driver includes employees who spent a portion of each workday driving a vehicle for their job, whether the vehicle is employer owned, leased, or your own vehicle. Occasional drivers do not spend as much time on the road as professional drivers, but are still at risk of being involved in a car accident.

Injuries Associated with Work-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes

Work related motor vehicle accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries, ranging from minor to severe and potentially fatal. Some of the most common injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Brain and head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Internal injuries

Worker's Compensation Benefits for Your Workplace Related Accident

In Georgia, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while performing a work duty, you might be eligible for worker's compensation benefits. These benefits can cover medical costs, prescription drug costs, missed time from work, and more. It is important to note that you may be eligible for these benefits even if you were at fault for the accident.

Further, injured employees may be able to seek compensation in a case against another party or person in addition to their worker's compensation claim if another driver was responsible for the accident. An attorney can explore all of your recovery options as well as advise you on what steps are necessary to protect your rights.

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Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-136/
http://sbwc.georgia.gov/

Category: Auto Accidents

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