For anyone who has to drive a vehicle on company time, knowing what to do if you have a car accident while working is crucial. One of the main reasons for this is because you never want to get behind the wheel of a vehicle without being properly prepared in case you are in a car accident. You need to know that the vehicle is registered and insured. When the police arrive at your accident scene, the last thing you want is to not be able to provide them with all the required information or to be discovered to have been driving a vehicle that was not properly registered or insured.
What to Do If You're in a Car Accident While Working
Assuming the vehicle you are driving for work, whether it is your own personal vehicle or one provided to you by your employer, is properly registered and insured, here are the main factors that decide if your employer is liable if you are in a car accident while working:
- Your actions were in the scope of your employment duties.
- Your actions were done while you were on the job.
- You were performing a job duty that you were hired to perform.
- Your employer benefited from the work you were doing when the car accident occurred.
The work injury lawyers at Robbins, Strunk & Cramer believe the rights and safety of workers should always come first. Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients hold negligent employers or third parties accountable for injuring them as well as assisting injured workers and their families with securing financial help for hospital bills, lost wages and rehabilitation expenses.
It is the responsibility of employers to do everything they can to prevent workplace accidents. Simply put, workers should never be the victims of on-the-job accidents and injuries that their employer could have prevented. Unfortunately, many companies do not take all the necessary steps to keep their employees safe on the job, which leads to workers suffering catastrophic injuries and, in some cases, losing their lives in workplace accidents.
Tips for Preventing On-the-Job Accidents and InjuriesA few ways that employers can prevent workplace accidents or at least lessen severity of on-the-job injuries include:
- Making sure there are first aid kits available throughout the work site and having the first aid kits regularly serviced by qualified vendors.
- Ensuring the there are enough smoke detectors and fire extinguishers at the facility and that they are all in proper working order.
- Keeping walkways clear of debris and other trip and fall and slip and fall hazards, including bunched up rugs, ice on outdoor walkways and spills.
- Properly maintaining the job site, including fixing faulty wiring, dangerous stairways, loose railings and other safety hazards.