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Auto accidents can occur unexpectedly and have life-altering consequences. Even seemingly small injuries resulting from auto accidents can have far-reaching consequences. The danger of injury when driving is the same whether you are commuting to work, driving from one site visit to another while you are at work, or if driving is the primary part of your job role.
Workers' Compensation for Auto Accidents
An auto accident at work is no different from any other form of workers’ accident when it comes to claiming workers' compensation benefits. If you were hurt on the job and you are eligible for workers' compensation (and most employees are), you can make a workers' compensation claim with your employer. Injuries sustained while commuting is an exception to this rule (since you are not deemed to be “on the job” or “at work” while you are commuting) but only in very specific situations.
Therefore, if you were involved in an auto accident while at work, on your way to work, or on your way home, you should consult with our experienced Portland Work Auto Accident Attorneys about pursuing workers' compensation. Our experienced Oregon Workers Comp Attorneys review your case. If our experienced Oregon Work Auto Accident Attorneys think you are eligible to obtain workers' compensation, then Portland Work Auto Accident Attorneys shall help you obtain the workers' compensation while your personal injury case is ongoing in as little as a few weeks.
Personal Injury Claims for Work-Related Auto Accidents
If you are involved in an auto accident while on the job, you are entitled to the same personal injury compensation that you would be if you were involved in any other form of auto accident. If another driver was at fault in the collision, you can make a claim against that driver's auto insurance provider to recover financial damages for your injuries and other losses. It's crucial to know this since the money you get from workers' compensation may not be sufficient to cover all costs of your injury.
Your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage may be adequate if your injuries are modest; if the other driver was uninsured, however, you will need to submit a claim under your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) policy (if you have one). However, the costs of severe injuries sustained in an accident typically much surpass the available PIP coverage, therefore filing a claim against the at-fault driver's Bodily Injury Liability (BIL) policy is usually the wisest course of action.
10 Examples of Work-Related Auto Accidents
The Accident Occurred During Working Hours: If the accident happened while you were performing work-related duties during your regular working hours, it may be considered a work-related auto accident.
Driving as Part of Your Job Duties: If driving is part of your job, such as a delivery driver or sales representative, any accident that occurs while you are driving for work purposes could be considered a work-related auto accident.
You Were on a Business Trip: If you were traveling for work, such as attending a conference or meeting, and were involved in an accident, it could be considered a work-related auto accident.
Driving a Company Vehicle: If you were driving a company vehicle, such as a truck or van, and were involved in an accident, it is likely to be considered a work-related auto accident.
You Were Running an Errand for Your Employer: If you were running an errand for your employer, such as picking up supplies or making a bank deposit, and were involved in an accident, it could be considered a work-related auto accident.
You Were Driving to a Job Site: If you were driving to a job site or work location, the accident could be considered work-related, especially if you were using a company vehicle.
Your Employer Required You to Use Your Personal Vehicle: If your employer required you to use your personal vehicle for work purposes, and you were involved in an accident while driving for work, it could be considered a work-related auto accident.
Your Job Involves Frequent Travel: If your job involves frequent travel, and you were involved in an accident while driving for work purposes, it could be considered a work-related auto accident.
You Were On-Call: If you were on-call and driving for work purposes when the accident occurred, it could be considered a work-related auto accident.
Your Employer Benefits from Your Travel: If your employer benefits from your travel, such as when you are driving to meet with clients, and you were involved in an accident, it could be considered a work-related auto accident.
Oregon Auto Accident Statute of Limitations
A “statute of limitations”, or time limit by which a plaintiff must bring a lawsuit before losing the right to do so, applies in every state. An injured passenger, motorcyclist, driver, pedestrian, bicycle rider, or electric scooter rider in Oregon has two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for damages. If your loved one was killed in the accident, however, you have until their third death anniversary to file a claim. Also, if your vehicle was damaged in an accident, you have six years to file a claim for damages.
If you have been injured on the job in an auto accident in Portland Oregon, you should file a claim as quickly as possible so the defense can't use a lack of timely filing as grounds to get a judge to throw out your case. If you were involved in a work auto accident in Portland Oregon, our experienced Portland Work Auto Accident Attorneys can help you file the necessary claims before the deadline. You can reach our experienced Oregon Work Auto Accident Attorneys for legal advice and for filing Oregon workers’ compensation claims and Oregon auto accident claims.
Aldrich Law, LLc is located in Portland, Oregon and serves auto accident claims throughout the state.
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