Can My Employer Be Held Liable If I’m in a Car Accident While Working?

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.

How Employers Can Help Prevent Workplace Accidents

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 Injuries

A 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.

At Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, workers’ rights always come first. We are dedicated to securing justice for our clients, including holding negligent employers or third parties accountable for injuring them and recovering financial help for medical expenses, loss of income and rehabilitation costs.

3 Tips to Surviving Your Case from a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you have been injured at work, then you are facing an uphill battle. Many injured workers fear retaliation for filing a workers compensation claim or have heard horror stories of protracted battles with the workers compensation insurance company over whether the injured worker still needs treatment or what is the best course of treatment. If you are an injured worker and concerned about surviving your workers compensation claim, consider these tips from a workers’ compensation law firm serving Gilroy, Hollister, San Martin and Morgan Hill. Continue reading 3 Tips to Surviving Your Case from a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers Compensation Experts

Consult With an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today Pursuing Claims in Gilroy, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin and surrounding areas

Injured at work? Having trouble understanding the paperwork? Is your medical treatment being denied or delayed? Discuss your situation with a highly-skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney at the law firm of Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, and get the legal representation you need to receive the benefits you deserve.
The Robbins, Strunk & Cramer Difference

Since 1992, our distinguished attorneys have successfully represented injured workers in all occupations and workplace settings on a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters serving, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy and surrounding cities. Our impressive record of accomplishment and personalized service has earned us the reputation as the South County’s premiere work injury law firm. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals and compassionately and effectively guide them through every step in the process. Our dedication to excellence, proven results and outstanding client service is unsurpassed, and we look forward to successfully working on your behalf.
Our Full-Service Workers’ Compensation Practice Includes:

Petitions to Reopen
Workplace Accidents
On the Job Car Accidents
Common Workplace Injuries
Construction Site Accidents
Labor Code 132a Petitions
Serious and Willful Misconduct
Exposure to Toxic Substances
Industrial and Manufacturing Accidents
Workers’ Compensation Cases and Appeals

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Robbins, Strunk & Cramer also provides notary public services for all your notarial needs. Fees are dependent on the signatures and/or document involved. Please call to schedule an appointment for this service.
Discuss Your Case With a Gilroy Attorney Serving San Martin, Hollister and Morgan Hill in Workers’ Compensation Law

If you’ve been injured on the job, please contact the law firm of Robbins, Strunk & Cramer for a free initial consultation either in person or over the phone. Our team of caring and highly experienced attorneys will efficiently evaluate your case, personally answer your questions and confidentially advise you on the most beneficial course of action. We have an office conveniently located in Gilroy and are always available by phone. Give us a call today!

WHY YOU NEED A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY

· Our attorneys can you the new changes in the workers’ compensation system how they apply to your case

· Our attorneys will help you with making an informed decision on an evaluator to determine the issues associated with your case

· Our attorneys can help you with finding a new treating doctor for your injuries.

· Our attorneys can advise you regarding which workers’ compensation laws with your case and your date of injury

· Our attorneys can explain the workers’ compensation medical treatment limitations and provisions associated with your case.

· Our attorneys will work with your physician to get the information needed regarding your permanent disability and medical treatment.

· Our attorneys will explain the voucher system to you

· Our attorneys can help expedite going to court for medical treatment, temporary disability and a fair permanent disability settlement.

State Disability Insurance (SDI)

If your claim has been denied or the insurance company determines that you are ineligible to receive compensation, you may qualify for State Disability Insurance.  You may not receive both workers’ compensation benefits and State Disability Insurance at the same time, unless you receive a rate differential.  Workers’ compensation benefits and State Disability Insurance weekly rates are calculated differently.  Sometimes SDI’s rate is more than your workers’ compensation weekly rate.  In this case you are entitled to receive the difference in pay rate.  For example, if you would receive $800 from SDI and you would receive $500 a week from the workers’ compensation insurance company, the difference would be $300.  Therefore, you would receive $500 from the workers’ compensation insurance company and $300 from SDI to bring to the $800.


It is important to have a Pleasanton work injury attorney through this process. We make sure your health and right are taken care of at Robbins, Strunk & Cramer .