Vehicle accidents are not uncommon throughout San Francisco and the surrounding areas. However, what happens if you get into a vehicle accident while carrying out your job-related duties? Unfortunately, workplace accidents are not uncommon in this area, and it is important to know how you will obtain compensation for these incidents. Just like any other vehicle accident, a workplace car accident can result in significant injuries and lost income. At Allegiance Law, we are here to help if you need a San Francisco car accident attorney to help you through this.
Anytime a person sustains an injury in the workplace, they will almost always be entitled to workers’ compensation coverage. In general, if a person sustained an on-the-job injury in a vehicle accident, they will be entitled to workers’ comp regardless of who caused the incident. Even if the worker was at fault for the accident, they will still be able to recover compensation for their medical bills and lost income.
However, if another driver caused the accident, the injured worker may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier or through a third-party lawsuit against the at-fault driver. We do need to point out that a person cannot typically collect reimbursement from both workers’ comp and the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. If a person is reimbursed by workers’ comp for the medical bills and lost wages and then successfully recovers compensation from an at-fault driver, they will have to reimburse the workers’ compensation system for what it has already paid.
Accidents occur all the time in and around the San Francisco area. In many cases, these accidents involve a person who was carrying out their workplace duties. Sometimes, it is obvious when an accident involves a commercial vehicle. For example, accidents involving delivery trucks or another type of vehicle with a clearly marked company name usually involve someone performing job-related duties.
However, there are times when people are engaged in work-related duties in vehicles that look nothing like a commercial vehicle. There are also times when individuals use their personal vehicles to carry out work-related duties. So long as somebody is conducting official work-related business, they should be entitled to compensation for their losses through the California workers’ conversation system.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a vehicle accident while carrying out work-related duties, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Allegiance Law, we have experience helping injury victims throughout San Francisco recover compensation for their losses. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate the incident and help you stand up to aggressive insurance carriers so you can recover compensation for your medical bills, property damage losses, lost wages, and more. When you need a San Francisco workplace car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.