NJ On the Job Car Accident Lawyers
Get Help After a Work Related Car Crash
Not all work-related injury accidents happen at construction sites, manufacturing plants, and factories. Some on the job injuries don't even happen at the workplace. Many workers are required to drive as part of their job and can suffer on the job injuries while behind the wheel.
Whether driving is an integral part of your job or you simply have to drive from time to time, it’s important for you to learn about your legal rights and options.
Car accidents can leave workers with life-changing injuries, medical expenses, and other damages that can affect victims emotionally and financially. The experienced NJ car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. know how to get compensation if you've been injured in an on the job car crash.
Call us at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help you.
What is "On the Job"?
An on the job car accident is one that happens while you're on the clock performing work-related activities. Accidents that happen as you commute to and from work usually don't qualify as work-related accidents. Car crashes that happen during lunch hours aren't considered "on the job" either. If you're hurt in a car crash that's not related to work, your only option may be to file a claim against the at-fault driver.
If your employer or supervisor asks you to transport or pick up something for work, then you are performing work-related activities. Your actions during this time may be covered by workers' compensation benefits.
Steps You Can Take
If you're injured while driving for your employer, it is advisable to:
- Call the authorities and remain at the scene of the crash
- Notify your employer of the accident and inform him or her that you will need medical attention
- Inquire if there is a specific doctor or medical facility to which your employer's insurance prefers you go
- Gather contact information from everyone involved in the crash as well as anyone who witnessed the incident
- Collect evidence from the crash site including photos of the vehicles and your injuries
Hurt in an auto accident on the job? Contact an experienced New Jersey workers' compensation lawyer who will fight to protect your rights.
Proving Your NJ Work Related Car Accident Case
It is important that make sure your employer contacts their insurance provider on your behalf. Anyone injured in a car accident on the job should be eligible for compensation, even if they're hurt away from the workplace. You'll have to prove you were performing work-related activities at the time of the crash, and that those injuries needed medical attention.
Workers’ compensation should cover all the resulting medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. A successful workers' compensation claim will not cover all your losses. This is why many injured victims of on the job car accidents find it beneficial to also file a claim against the at-fault driver.
You can file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for your injuries. Plaintiffs in such cases must show that the at-fault driver's negligence contributed to the crash. Unless you explore all your legal options, it's likely that you won't get fair compensation for the injuries you've suffered. DO NOT accept any settlements or make any legally binding decisions without reviewing your options with a workers' compensation attorney.
Contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. at (609) 240-0040 to get more information about your legal rights.
- Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes
- New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
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