Those that work in New York City boroughs like the Bronx often travel by car or truck. Like any other method of transportation, driving vehicles to and from work sites can be dangerous.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries from a work-related car accident, you should reach out to a lawyer at Shulman & Hill. Our Bronx legal team specializes in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases and can help you seek compensation for your losses.
Delivery or Transit Industry Workers May Have a Higher Risk of Being in an Accident
If you drive a bus, delivery truck, or a corporate vehicle for a living, the extra time you spend behind the wheel may increase the likelihood that you will be involved in an accident.
A few examples of work-related car accidents include:
- Crashes with taxi cabs and rideshare operators
- Accidents involving city buses
- Accidents involving police and fire vehicles
- Ambulance crashes
- Delivery truck accidents
In many of these situations, victims may be a member of a union such as the Teamsters, the TWU, and the NYTWA. If this is the case for you, you should reach out to a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected. This way, you can pursue compensation for damages with an expert lawyer who understands how unions operate.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in the Bronx
Every year, the most common type of accident in the United States is car accidents. There are many types of motor vehicle accidents that can result in injuries. Below are just a few examples.
Common Types of Work-Related Car Accidents
This type of collision can happen when the at-fault driver fails to obey traffic signals. When a driver fails to stop at a red light or stop sign, another driver may be hit and injured.
Sideswipes can occur as a result of improper lane changes or failure to check a blind spot before merging. Oftentimes these accidents result in a driver losing control of their vehicle and leaving the roadway entirely. If you see a driver swerving into another lane without signaling, it could also be a sign of drunk driving. If you notice a driver that appears to be intoxicated behind the wheel, report them to the proper authorities as soon as possible.
Rear-end collisions are incredibly common and usually occur when a distracted driver fails to notice cars in front of them coming to a stop. As one might expect, the car in front of this negligent driver can be hit from behind. These accidents may cause whiplash injuries.
Compensation You May Seek After a Bronx Work-Related Car Accident
If your injuries required hospitalization or medical attention, you may have been left with a pile of medical bills. To make matters worse, your recovery and prescribed treatment may also cause you to miss work. In some cases, you may be unable to drive again.
If you were injured in a work-related car accident in the Bronx area, you will likely qualify to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits can help cover some of your medical expenses and loss of earnings while you recover.
Workers’ compensation may not cover all of your losses, however. If your car accident was caused by another party, such as an at-fault driver, you may be able to pursue additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Unlike with workers’ compensation, a personal injury lawsuit can compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Car accidents are a leading cause of death and far too many families lose a loved one unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident. If your loved one was fatally injured in a work-related car accident, you may qualify for survivor benefits through workers’ compensation and/or a wrongful death lawsuit.
Things to Do Following a Work-Related Car Accident
After being injured in an accident on the job, you might be unsure of how to move forward. Some things you can do immediately after a crash include:
- Reporting the accident to the police: An official police report can help create a paper trail for your case.
- Notifying your employer: Each company has different rules, but most require you to let someone know if you have been involved in an accident. Again, make sure to get this in writing.
- Documenting the accident scene with your phone. If possible, try to get pictures of all damages, vehicles, and your injuries.
- Seeking medical attention: If your injuries are severe, this should be the first thing you do after an accident. However, it is important to be evaluated by a doctor even if you think you have minor injuries. Sometimes the effects of whiplash or injuries to your head and neck may not be immediately apparent and the sooner you receive treatment the better.
- Contacting a local Bronx injury law firm: Shulman & Hill can help guide you through the process of securing compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
At Shulman & Hill, we have helped clients attain settlements or awards totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. We operate on a contingency fee basis which means we review cases for free and if we choose to pursue a case, we will only charge you for our services if we win.
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