Being involved in a vehicle accident is certain a serious situation, even if the injuries of both parties were only minor. When you are involved in a vehicle accident while working as a paid driver, the situation becomes even more complex. Workers compensation benefits may apply to cover the medical expenses you incur or the time off from work during your recovery. However, in order to obtain eligibility status for workers compensation benefits following such accidents, it is essential that you were legitimately working at the time of the accident or your case will be much harder to prove.
There are many reports of employees misusing their company vehicles. Whether it be for personal reasons or if drivers have a penchant for playing around on the road in the company car, not following the employer rules for safe operation of a vehicle can get you in serious trouble in addition to the fall out of your workers compensation claim as well as the injuries suffered by the other driver.
There are a lot of complicating factors that can be involved in a workers compensation claim when it comes to vehicle accidents. When a driver of a company vehicle was found to be at fault and there were extenuating circumstances that caused the crash such as alcohol or drug use, negligence, or speeding, it can be very difficult to prove that the employee is eligible for benefits.
The rules for drivers are established by federal, state, and local governments as well as by the employers that hire drivers for a reason – to keep people safe. Not only are you jeopardizing your own life and your job when you do not act properly behind the wheel, you are also putting the lives of everyone else on the road at risk.