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Work-Related Car Accidents in West Virginia

Work-related Car AccidentWork-related auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death in West Virginia. In many work-related car accidents, the injured worker will be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits through his or her employer. Those benefits help cover medical costs and lost wages. In some instances, the injured worker may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against another motorist who caused the accident.

Fatal Transportation Incidents Involving Workers

work related accident statisticsAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,405 U.S. workers lost their lives in workplace accidents during 2013. Of those killed, two out of every five sustained fatal injuries in a transportation accident, accounting for 1,740 deaths. In the state of West Virginia, 24 of the 60 reported fatal work-related injuries in 2013 were the result of transportation accidents involving cars, trucks or motorcycles.

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

The majority of employers in the state of West Virginia are required by law to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their employees. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance intended to pay injured workers for medical expenses, a portion of their lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and disability coverage directly related to their injury.

When a worker is involved in a work-related car wreck, comp benefits are available if he or she can provide evidence showing:

  • A personal injury was sustained;
  • The injury occurred during the employee’s normal work hours, or during the course and scope of employment, while completing a job-related task; and
  • The injury was a direct result of the injured worker’s employment.

 

Seeking Personal Injury Damages from a Negligent Driver

Negligent Driving Behaviors
When a motor vehicle accident at work was caused by another driver, the injured worker may be eligible to seek personal injury damages, in addition to workers’ comp benefits. Examples of driving behaviors which are considered negligent include:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Texting
  • Drinking
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving aggressively
  • Driving while distracted

A personal injury lawsuit could provide additional economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault driver. This could allow the driver access to compensation not provided under the workers’ comp system.

How Workers Can Minimize the Risk of Injury or Death in a Work-Related Crash

Not all traffic collisions can be avoided, as some vehicle-related accidents are simply beyond a driver’s control. Workers can minimize the risk of injury or death in a work-related crash by following these safety measures:
 Minimize the Risk of Injury or Death

  • Wear a seat belt at all times and require passengers do the same
  • Always adhere to posted speed limit signs
  • Never drive while drowsy or fatigued
  • Familiarize yourself with a vehicle you have not driven before
  • Avoid driver distractions
  • Use GPS navigation while parked, particularly when driving in unfamiliar areas
  • Never engage in reckless or aggressive driving behaviors
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and those around you
  • Always signal before changing lanes or making a turn
  • Yield to oncoming traffic

 

West Virginia Work-Related Car Crash Attorney: Let Us Fight for You!

If you are injured in a work-related car accident, do not hesitate to contact us about your case. Our partners have more than three decades of combined legal experience, and we work closely with some of West Virginia’s most respected and professional accident investigators. We are well-versed in workers’ compensation law and the processes involved in proving negligence. With an aggressive advocate from our legal team fighting for your rights, you can dramatically improve your chances of success in a claim or lawsuit.

Each of the partners here at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC have received an AV Preeminent® peer review rating in personal injury law from Martindale-Hubbell® for our professionalism and ethical standards. We are also members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, and have achieved many high-value settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

If you want a legal team who you can trust will take your case seriously, and fight to help you recover compensation after a car wreck associated with your work duties, contact our firm today.

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