On-the-job Injuries That Happen on the Road

Driving plays a huge role in some jobs—pizza delivery people, truck drivers, construction workers, and salespeople. They are on the road for their entire shift, or at least most of it. With the number of car accidents that happen every day, it's almost not a matter of if, but when, they will also get into an accident. But what happens when you're driving somewhere on company time and you are injured in a crash? 

If your employer carries workers' compensation insurance, your accident should be covered, even if the accident was your fault. You just have to prove that the injury happened while you were doing something that was part of your job. If your employer does not have workers' compensation insurance, you will need to prove that someone else was at-fault. With car accidents that happen on the job, there are usually two pieces to receiving compensation for your injuries—you should be able to get workers' comp from your employer, and then file a negligence claim against the person who caused the accident. 

Depending on the severity of your injury, try to document everything you can about this accident while you are still at the scene. Write down absolutely anything and everything you can remember about what happened because it's possible to forget information that is vital to your case after a few days. Get the name, insurance information, and contact info for any parties involved in the accident—especially the negligent person. Consider taking pictures if you are feeling up to it. 

Regardless of where you are or how it happens, getting injured on the job is never something you want to deal with. Luckily, choosing an experienced Austin attorney will help lessen the burden and get you on the road to recovery quicker. Call on-the-job injury attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation today at 512-454-1331.