When most people think about on-the-job accidents, they think about a construction accident or a fall. However, many employees are injured each day because they operated cars as a part of their job responsibilities. A car accident at work can lead to serious personal injuries or even death.
Shockingly, about 4 out of 10 work-related fatalities are attributable to motor vehicle accidents. An employee may have to travel all day for work, such as a salesperson on sales calls, or may drive a bus, taxi, limo, or another vehicle every day.
After such an accident, it may seem like determining someone’s employment status as an independent contractor or an employee is insignificant. However, whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is critical. An employee is normally entitled to have medical expenses after a car accident paid by workers’ compensation, while an independent contractor is responsible for his or her own medical expenses. In addition, an employee who is injured in a car accident at work could recover temporary or permanent disability benefits.
In addition to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, an employee who is injured in a car or truck accident on the job who is not at fault can pursue claims for benefits against the at-fault driver. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident at work due to the fault of a third party, you should speak to an attorney who can obtain both workers’ compensation benefits as well as all other benefits to which you are entitled.
Call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges if you have been injured in an accident at work. Call us today at 855-947-0707 or visit our Google Plus page to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.