Many employees in Arizona spend the bulk of their workday on the road. Unfortunately, driving is inherently dangerous, and no matter how responsible these workers are when operating their vehicles, they cannot control the drivers with whom they share the road.
If you work from your truck or car and are struck by another vehicle, you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Outside salespersons, long- or short-haul truckers, local delivery drivers and employees sent on errands are all examples of workers that could receive injuries on the road.
It also does not matter if you drive a company-owned vehicle or your own personal car. If you were performing a job-related task or a duty assigned by your supervisor, you could receive workers’ compensation. After being involved in a vehicle collision during work, take the following steps to ensure your immediate health and to gather support for your claim:
- Call 911 and seek medical treatment immediately
- Call your employer to report the injury as soon as you are able
- Write down everything you remember about the accident while it is fresh in your mind
- Get copies of all medical records
- Get the name, contact information and insurance documents from the other driver
Complete and accurate communication and documentation of any work-related injury is critical, and especially so in the event of an off-site car crash. It is common for insurance companies and employers to deny a claim for an incident that took place outside of the premises.
Additionally, it is vital to obtain any information about the other driver involved in the collision, as you may have a third-party personal injury claim as well. For more information on work-related vehicle injuries, visit our website.