Work injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents are actually quite 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. While operation of a motor vehicle always assumes a level of risk, there are certain considerations when operating a vehicle in the performance of your normal work duties.
If you are operating a vehicle in performance of your normal duties, or performing duties on company time in your personal vehicle, you may be entitled to certain protections concerning your safety, and compensation in the event of an accident.
Additionally, 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. 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 workers’ compensation physician selected in advance by your place of employment.
As with worksite-related workers’ compensation claims, it is important to recognize 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 you coverage based on the purported facts of the case, you may need to seek legal advice in the pursuit of your claim.
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