Is an Accident During My Commute a Workers’ Comp or PI Case?

A car accident during your commute could entitle you to workers’ comp benefits, as well as compensation in a personal injury claim.

Car accidents can happen to even the most cautious of drivers. In many cases, it is the reckless actions of others on the road that are to blame. Personal injuries you suffer as a result can prevent you from working or performing certain tasks on your job. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Tulsa. This is in addition to any other compensation you may be entitled to through a personal injury claim.

Car Accidents and Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits act as a form of insurance, protecting employees who are injured on the job. Available through the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC), they can offset your lost wages, cover medical expenses, and provide additional benefits in the event your injuries result in permanent disabilities.

Car accidents are covered under workers’ compensation, but they must have happened in the course of performing your job or work-related duties. Generally, driving to and from work is considered personal time and makes you ineligible. However, there are some situations in which you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for car accidents during your work commute. These include:

  • If you were running errands for your employer during your commute;
  • If you were making deliveries to customers while driving to work;
  • If you were traveling between two different worksites;
  • If you are an on-call employee and a car accident happened after you got called in;
  • If you were riding in a car pool provided by your employer.

Your Rights in Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Car accidents in Tulsa happen on a regular basis. Personal injuries you suffer in even a minor collision can take weeks to recover from, while more severe crashes can leave you with long term disabilities. The reckless driving behaviors of others on the road are often to blame. These include:

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
  • Running red lights and disregarding other traffic signs or signals;
  • Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating and failure to yield;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications.

When you are injured in a car accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation known as ‘damages’ under the Oklahoma Statutes. If your car accident was work-related, this would be in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits you are owed.

Reach Out to Our Tulsa, OK Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Car accidents can impact your ability to work for years into the future. Unfortunately, you have only one chance to get compensation in a claim. As experienced Tulsa workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys, Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker provides the legal help you need to get the maximum amount you deserve. To schedule a consultation, contact our Tulsa office online today.

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