Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Workers’ compensation and on-the-job motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | workers' compensation

From delivery drivers to field technicians, many professionals find themselves on the road as part of their daily tasks.

When accidents occur, understanding the nuances of workers’ compensation becomes important.

Understanding on-the-job motor vehicle accidents

Workers often rely on motor vehicles to carry out their job responsibilities efficiently. Whether commuting to job sites or transporting goods, the risk of accidents is ever-present. These incidents can result in injuries ranging from minor to severe. Any injury can affect an employee’s ability to perform their duties.

Reporting the incident

In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident at the workplace, prompt reporting is a necessity. Employees should inform their supervisors immediately, providing a detailed account of the incident. This helps facilitate a faster response. It also ensures the prompt initiation of the necessary paperwork for workers’ compensation claims.

Medical evaluation and treatment

Seeking medical attention promptly after an on-the-job motor vehicle accident is important. It not only aids in a swift recovery but also provides documentation for the workers’ compensation process. Employees should follow their employer’s guidelines for choosing an approved healthcare provider. They need to share all relevant information about the incident. This helps to facilitate an accurate assessment.

Navigating workers’ compensation

Workers’ compensation provides financial support for employees injured while performing their job duties. It serves as a safety net for the employer and employee. Employers typically guide their staff through the workers’ compensation process. This may include filing the appropriate paperwork, attending medical evaluations and adhering to prescribed treatment plans.

In 2022, 54,750 nonfatal work-related vehicle accidents involving days away from work occurred. Like other workplace incidents, the injured worker has the right to receive compensation.