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California workplace motor vehicle safety

Of all of the types of workplace accidents, those involving motor vehicles account for the largest injury category. Motor vehicle accidents occurring at work happen across industries and include small businesses not subject to motor vehicle regulations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 1,275 workers die every year on public roadways. An additional 338 pedestrian workers are killed annually by being hit by motor vehicles, while 311 more are killed in industrial-site motor vehicle accidents or off public roads.

The annual costs associated with workplace motor vehicle accidents is staggering, and these incidents can cost an employer hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even in companies that are not strictly regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the implementation of safety policies is vital. While commercial trucking is highly regulated, many other types of businesses require workers to drive as a part of their jobs. Policies that promote safe driving can go a long way to reduce work-related crashes and should be strongly considered.

People who are seriously injured in work-related motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to file a claim for workers' compensation in order to recoup some of their losses. Workers' compensation benefits can cover medical bills including ongoing treatment costs. If an injury results in partial or total disability, the injured worker may receive monthly payments to pay a percentage of the income they would have expected to receive from working. In the event an employer disputes a claim for workers' compensation, the injured worker may want to seek the help of an attorney. Workers may appeal an employer's denial or dispute in an administrative proceeding.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Motor Vehicle Safety", December 23, 2014

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