Although most commonly associated with personal injury, motor vehicle accidents involving workers are also common. Construction workers and other types of employees may be required to drive as part of their normal duties, whether in a company-leased vehicle, a fleet vehicle, or in their personal automobile.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009 approximately 1,500 workers were killed in vehicle wrecks occurring during the course of employment functions, and these accidents were not limited to professional drivers whose primary job is to deliver goods or transport passengers.
If you are operating a vehicle in performance of your normal duties, or performing duties on company time in your personal vehicle, you maybe entitled to certain protections concerning your safety, and compensation in the event of an accident. If you are driving the vehicle safely and within the limits of the law, you are entitled to the same compensation afforded to workers on the work site.
As with a worksite injury, you are entitled to emergency medical care, and the cost of emergency medical care is required to be covered by your employer. After initial emergency medical care, you may be required to be treated by a panel physician selected in advance by your place of employment. Also, important to recognize is that you have certain rights and responsibilities as a result of your injury. In the event your employer attempts to circumvent normal procedure or deny coverage, you may need to seek legal advice in the pursuit of your claim.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
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