Transportation accidents are a leading cause of workplace deaths. Roadway incidents alone accounted for over 25% of on-the-job fatalities in 2015. Work-related vehicle crashes cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious injuries every year.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we represent clients in workplace injury cases involving a motor vehicle accident, and we have the experience to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. These cases can be more complicated than a standalone workplace injury or auto wreck case because they might involve legal action against an employer, a third party, or both. We offer free consultations to give you a better understanding of what you can expect in the legal process.
On-the-Job Vehicle Accidents
While many workers commute to and from work every day, those whose job requires frequent travel are more likely to experience a work-related vehicle crash. That includes:
- Commercial Vehicle Drivers – Truck drivers spend most of their working hours behind the wheel of heavy trucks. The job is both demanding and dangerous. Commercial motor vehicle drivers know how difficult it can be when other motorists drive recklessly. Unfortunately, professional drivers are often not given the protection and insurance coverage that they once enjoyed.
- Delivery Drivers/Postal Carriers – Delivery drivers and postal carriers drive many miles every day, in addition to parking in locations where they might be vulnerable to collisions. While employers should cover the costs associated with injuries suffered on the job, an injured worker should keep all their legal options open to make sure they get the compensation they deserve.
- Nurses/Aides – Traveling healthcare workers sometimes drive to remote locations to provide care to patients. In addition to taking on the risks associated with healthcare, these workers also face the risk of being involved in a crash. While some home healthcare workers are employed and insured by their employer, others are considered independent contractors and might be led to believe they need to bear the costs of a crash alone, though that is often not the case.
- Other Travel Jobs – There are many other occupations that require extensive travel, from regional sales managers to rideshare drivers. No matter what your job or classification (employer, contractor, etc.) you should not have to pay the costs of an injury that wasn’t your fault.
Legal Options for Injured Drivers
If you are on the clock while you are injured, you deserve compensation. Over the years, employers and supervisors have found clever ways to limit their liability in the event of accidents involving workers. One of the most commonly used methods is misclassifying workers as independent contractors when they would be better described as employees.
If another driver was responsible for your injuries, then a third-party personal injury claim might also be filed to get compensation. It is not required that you know exactly who was at fault for your crash or who you will file a claim against. We will investigate the cause of your crash and determine the best path forward to earning the compensation you deserve.
Consequences of Work-Related Driving Injuries
Any vehicle crash can cause injuries that are painful, traumatic, and costly. However, when you travel extensively for work, a crash can have even more devastating consequences. You might be unable to do your job for a long period due to your injuries. Your mode of transportation could be totaled, and any equipment or items in your vehicle might be lost, too.
A vehicle crash could threaten your livelihood and set you back for a long time. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to limit the financial fallout from workplace accidents, but it is often not enough. Additionally, many workers who travel for their jobs are classified as independent contractors, though that does not mean they can’t find a path toward compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a work-related vehicle crash, contact the Houston workplace injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. We offer free consultations and earn no fee unless we win your case.
To schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.