Car Accidents On The Job: Are You Eligible For Workers’ Compensation?
Working outside the home almost certainly entails traveling in a motor vehicle. For many of us, driving is just a way to commute to and from work. But if you drive for work or as part of your work, you should know that a car accident may qualify as compensable under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act.
The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, helps injured workers better understand their rights and options after a workplace injury. And on-the-job car accidents are a common area of confusion for many workers in metro Atlanta. If you have been hurt in a car accident at work, you’ll hopefully find the information on this page to be helpful.
Were You Commuting Or Driving For Work?
In order to be compensable, the car accident typically must occur while you are “on the job.” In most cases, commuting to and from work is not considered work time. Beyond this distinction, however, the line between working and not working is not always clear.
Your car accident may be deemed “on the job” or work-related if any of the following criteria are met:
- You drive for a living
- You are making a delivery for work
- You are running a work-related errand for your boss
- You are driving in a company-owned vehicle that was not given to you for personal use
- You are traveling off-site to a different job location
- You are transporting a fellow employee for reasons related to work (other than carpooled commuting)
- You are being compensated by your employer for travel time or mileage
- You don’t have a fixed office and must therefore travel all the time
Because there is some gray area in cases like these, you may be unsure if your car accident qualifies as “on the job.” Moreover, your employer may try to deny your workers’ compensation claim by arguing that your travel at the time of the crash was personal, not work-related. In either case, you can protect your rights and better understand your legal options by consulting with an attorney.
Contact The Firm For A Free Initial Consultation
Located in Tucker, The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, serves clients throughout metro Atlanta and Macon. To discuss your case for free with a workers’ compensation lawyer, call me at 404-692-6403. You can also reach me via email.