Depending on the field you work in, there are many hazards you need to look out for while performing your job duties. Many workers find themselves behind the wheel, from truck drivers and taxi drivers to construction workers. Moreover, you could become involved in a traffic accident while working because your employer asked you to run an errand, even though your job usually does not involve operating a vehicle.
Work-related traffic accidents have serious consequences and many result in the loss of life and serious injuries.
Statistics on job-related traffic accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that during 2018, more than 1,200 workers lost their lives in job-related traffic accidents on public roads, whether they were riding in a vehicle or driving. In fact, traffic crashes on public roads accounted for 24% of all job-related fatalities during 2018.
Over the course of 2018, 550 workers died in traffic-related accidents that took place on private roads. Furthermore, 2018 saw 325 fatal work-related pedestrian accidents.
Recovering from a work-related traffic accident
Whether you suffered a serious injury while driving at work or a vehicle hit you while walking near traffic, it is vital to explore all of your options with respect to the recovery process. Many victims secure workers’ compensation benefits, which help with medical expenses, lost wages and job training.
If you decide to apply for workers’ comp, make sure you carefully approach the application process. It is crucial for injured workers to secure the benefits they need to move forward, especially if loved ones count on them.