Workers compensation is primarily thought to be available when an employee is injured while on the job. When an employee is injured in a company vehicle accident it can be difficult to determine whether or not the person qualifies for workers compensation.
According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when an employee has an on-the-job crash that results in injuries it costs their employer $74,000. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that 1,766 deaths are the result of occupational transportation incidents throughout the United States.
In Arizona, the number of the company vehicle accidents is not precisely known however there were more than 103,000 car accidents reported in 2011 including those with work-zone equipment such as a dump truck.
When an individual is involved in a company vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, it is important that their employer provide them with adequate workers compensation.
If you or a loved one is being denied suitable compensation for your injuries, our attorneys are ready to help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation.
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Occupations That Use Company Vehicles
Some company vehicles are more noticeable than others as some are clearly marked with company logos such as FedEx. However some company vehicles do not have any logos or notification that an employee is driving to and from a destination.
Some occupations that use company vehicles include:
The Center for Disease Controls statistics on fatal workplace auto accidents indicate that the transportation and warehousing industry had the highest number of fatal auto incidents. Its important to note that such an industry can include delivery drivers as well as forklift operators in company warehouses.
How to Handle a Company Vehicle Accident
When an individual is involved in a workplace auto accident, it can be a stressful situation as the vehicle is not yours and you may be unaware as how to handle the situation.
The following are some guidelines on how to handle a company vehicle accident:
- Call the authorities and retain a copy of the police report
- If you are injured call emergency medical services right away
- Do not admit negligence or liability for the incident
- Even if the crash was minor do not attempt to settle the situation
- Exchange information with the other driver involved
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident and get information from witnesses if possible
- Contact your employer right away about the accident
If you have been injured it is important that you file a workers compensation claim right away as failing to do so could result in difficulties obtaining your benefits including medical expense coverage and lost wages.
Contact our Phoenix Workers Compensation Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulties in obtaining the workers compensation benefits you are entitled to, our attorneys are ready to help you fight for your rights. An employer who assigns company vehicle for use should be including injuries sustained in a workplace auto accident just as they would an injury that occurred in the building.
At Phillips Law Group we have been assisting personal injury victims, including those injured while on the job, for decades. We are knowledgeable in workers compensation laws and can help guide you through the entire litigation process.
Our main office is located in Phoenix, Arizona and we proudly serve the following areas:
and many more local towns and cities. To discover how we can help you with your workers compensation claim, contact us today by calling or texting 1-800-706-3000. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hablamos Espanol!
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