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What are the ways you might be injured at work while driving?

Recent posts in this blog have addressed numerous ways you can be injured at work, including falls or machinery accidents. However, accidents involving motor vehicles cause a large portion of serious injuries and fatalities for those in Illinois and elsewhere.

According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 2,000 people are killed every year as a result of a transportation-related work accident. This number makes up over 38 percent of all fatal workplace accidents, and does not take into account those who are injured.

What are some of the ways you might be involved in a work-related vehicle accident? This would be obvious if part of your job entails driving on a regular basis. For example, you might be a truck driver or a highway construction worker. Delivery drivers, taxi drivers and others who drive for work on a regular basis can also qualify if they are in an accident while on the clock. However, what if you don't drive regularly for your job? An accident might be considered work-related if you are driving during your lunch break to get lunch for your employer, but not if you were taking your personal lunch. If you are traveling on a business-related trip and get into an accident, workers' compensation insurance may cover you, but this would usually not be the case if you were driving to or from work, since this is on your personal time.

Workers' compensation law is often complex, so it is important to have a basic understanding of your rights. However, this information should not substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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