Every day, millions of people around the world travel to and from work in their personal vehicles. Unfortunately, car accidents can happen at any time, and if you're involved in a car accident while on the job, you might be wondering whether your injuries are covered under workers' compensation. In this blog post, we'll provide you with all the information you need to determine whether your car accident is work-related and eligible for compensation.
Criteria for a Car Accident to Be Considered Work-Related
1. You must have been performing work duties at the time of the accident.
If you were driving to or from work and not performing any work-related tasks, your accident may not be considered work-related. However, if you were driving a company vehicle or running company errands, your accident is likely to be considered work-related.
2. The accident must have occurred during work hours.
If you were involved in a car accident during your lunch break or while running personal errands, you may not be eligible for workers' compensation. However, if the accident occurred during your regular work hours, it may be considered work-related.
3. The accident must have been caused by work-related factors.
If you were driving recklessly or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your accident may not be considered work-related. However, if the accident was caused by a work-related factor, such as a defective company vehicle or poor road conditions on your employer's property, your accident is likely to be considered work-related.
4. You must report the accident to your employer immediately.
If you're involved in a car accident while on the job, you should report it to your employer as soon as possible. This will allow them to document the accident and begin the workers' compensation process.
5. Your injuries must have resulted from the accident.
If you're involved in a car accident while on the job, you may only be eligible for workers' compensation if you sustained injuries as a result of the accident. If you were uninjured or only suffered minor injuries, you may not be eligible for compensation.
Our Workers' Compensation Lawyers Will Fight For You
Being involved in a car accident while on the job can be a frightening and confusing experience. If you're still unsure whether your accident is work-related or need help filing for workers’ compensation, it's important to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you navigate the workers' compensation process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.