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Workers' compensation for driving accidents

Many are often surprised to learn that traffic accidents are a leading cause of workers' compensation injuries. According to experts, many of these workplace accidents involve nonprofessional drivers who have not received training in defensive driving tactics, such as an individual employee driving to an unfamiliar destination or a group heading to an event.

One expert said that companies often overlook risk management for travel. Contrary to popular belief, the biggest safety issue is not truck drivers but nonprofessional drivers such as salespeople or managers. A representative for a risk management consulting firm stated that in the U.S., the leading cause of workplace fatalities is motor vehicle accidents. To reduce the risk of car accidents among employees, experts suggest comprehensive defensive driver programs. These programs should provide specific policies and training for employees.

If someone is injured in a car accident while traveling for work, he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation to pay for lost wages, medical expenses and other accident-related costs. An attorney with a background in workers' compensation cases might review a plaintiff's case to determine the value of a potential claim.

The attorney may then negotiate with the plaintiff's employer or its insurer to secure a fair settlement. In some cases, the insurer might attempt to make a minimum offer or refuse the claim. If this occurs, the attorney may appeal the decision in order to obtain a favorable settlement. In the event that the appeals do not result in a fair settlement offer, the case may go to trial in civil court. Call Dugan & Associates today for a free consultation.

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