Work-Related Car Accidents
Driving For Work Can Mean Catastrophic Traffic Accidents On the Job
It's something most transit workers, delivery van drivers, truck drivers, and cab drivers don't think about when they leave for work in the morning-that their job, in and of itself, is risky at every moment due to other drivers' negligence or recklessness. But for the thousands of New Yorkers whose job includes driving a company car or commercial vehicle, job-related traffic accidents are all too common. Though by law, job-related accident victims are covered by workers' compensation, it can be very hard to collect benefits when it's your word against the workers' comp insurance companies and sometimes even your boss. If someone else caused the accident—a pedestrian, another driver or the manufacturer of a defective vehicle you were driving—you could end up having to fight a denied workers' compensation claim.
NYC Transit Workers and Delivery Drivers Risk Their Lives Every Day
If you drive a subway line for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), the Staten Island Ferry for the NYC Department of Transportation, or a New York City cab, you could suffer severe accident injuries on the job at any moment. Accidents can happen for any transit operator on public transportation or cops or firefighters who drive city or state law enforcement vehicles for a living. NYC work-related auto accidents take many forms:
- Taxi cab crash
- MTA bus wreck
- Subway accident
- Police cruiser crash
- Fire truck accident
- Limousine collision
- NYC DOT ferry disaster
- Ambulance wreck
Who pays for a car accident while driving for work?
Like any other work accident, if you were on the job when you were involved in a car accident, you can get workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation should pay for the full cost of reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to the crash, as well as two-thirds of your lost wages and certain other benefits for injuries to the extremities.
In addition, if your car accident was caused by someone other than your employer – such as a driver of another vehicle – you can file a third-party personal injury claim against that responsible party. This can potentially pay for losses that workers’ comp doesn’t cover, such as pain and suffering. As your attorney, we can handle both aspects of your case, including reaching a settlement or filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver to pursue full compensation.
No Matter Who Caused Your On-the-Job Traffic Crash, Call a Tough NYC Workman's Comp Lawyer
For over 80 years, we've been helping work-related traffic accident victims from Westchester to Long Island to Queens County. Whether it's filing a workers' compensation claim or handling workers' compensation hearings on our clients' behalf, we understand what it takes to get results in New York. Don't wait—we're here to help. If you are a member of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the NY Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), or the Teamsters, you’ll also be in skilled hands—we've been representing union members for decades.
Call tough NYC workers' comp attorneys Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. Every discussion is confidential, and there is no obligation.