There seems to be an increase in jobs that require employees to drive while acting within the scope of employment. With the increase in online shopping, there are more delivery trucks on the road as well as personal vehicles for people who choose to pick up a second job with Lyft or Uber.
If you’ve been in a collision involving a work vehicle, don’t panic. Call 911 and get medical assistance just as you would for any other accident. Call your employer and take plenty of photos of vehicles, injuries, traffic, and location. After being involved in an accident with your personal vehicle on the job, you may wonder about your options like if your medical bills and lost wages will be covered with workers’ compensation. Consult with a work accident lawyer in West Virginia to explore your legal options for financial recovery.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of work-related deaths. If you have suffered an injury from a work vehicle accident, laws tend to be less concrete, and there are a lot of gray areas with which most people and less experienced injury attorneys are familiar. Though most people who are involved in work vehicle accidents do collect for damages incurred, there is often compensation not pursued to which an accident victim may be entitled.
Too often, we hear stories about people who were hurt in a work vehicle accident who did not pursue all of the compensation possible and end up with nothing after paying medical bills and not working for a long period of time. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to seek compensation from your own insurance company, the other driver’s policy, the manufacturer of the vehicle or your employer. The most important thing to understand is that all of these types of things must be investigated in conjunction with a workers’ compensation insurance claim. If the proper claim is not filed, you could risk accidentally losing your right to recover compensation from certain entities.
At the Manchin Injury Law Group, our auto accident attorneys in Charleston help people who have been injured while working for employers throughout West Virginia. Talk to our lawyers about your claim today by calling us at (304) 367-1862. Remember that you pay no attorney fees unless we obtain a verdict or a settlement on your behalf.