There are many jobs that require a worker to drive or ride along in a vehicle in order to complete a certain task. This can be as simple as driving to or from a conference or seminar to driving chemical loads between differing locations at a factory. However, as with anything involving the use of public highways or powerful vehicles, injuries and fatalities can occur because of roadway mistakes. In 2009 alone, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics cited 1,682 deaths from transportation-related incidents.
Perhaps one of the most commonly cited sources for workplace injuries is due to the laws governing what is considered a workspace. According to most jurisdictions, a trip going to or coming from a business function can be considered related to company events, meaning that any injuries caused by an accident en route are considered workplace injuries.
Accidents also occur when an employee is required to use a company truck or similar vehicle to move cargo around a company campus. As these vehicles are not necessarily maintained properly due to their rare or short-term use, any issues with brakes or steering may be ignored or passed over to reduce costs. These vehicles can set employees up for injury while moving materials.
Filing for compensation in these cases works like any other workplace accident. Even if the injury is sustained miles away from the primary place of work, as long as the company vehicle is considered company property in that jurisdiction, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. As this area of law may not seem particularly clear, especially considering the detailed nature of what are and are not considered company grounds, contacting a professional in the field may be an appropriate response to any questions you may have.
Contact a workers’ compensation attorney for more information today.