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Work-Related Vehicle & Travel Accidents

Slape & Howard June 4, 2024

Work-related vehicle and travel accidents are more common than you might think. Whether you're driving a company truck, traveling between job sites, or running errands for work, the risks are ever-present.  

The legal experts at Slape & Howard understand how complicated these situations can get. We’re here to help you learn more about work-related vehicle and travel accidents, what steps you should take if you're involved in one, the laws in Kansas, and how we can help you secure the compensation you deserve. 

Understanding Work-Related Vehicle & Travel Accidents 

These accidents occur when an employee is involved in a crash or incident while performing duties related to their job. These duties include: 

  • Driving a company vehicle: Whether it's a delivery van, service truck, or even a company car. 

  • Commuting between job sites: Traveling from one work location to another during your shift. 

  • Running work-related errands: Picking up supplies, making deliveries, or attending meetings. 

  • Traveling for business: Whether you're flying to a conference or driving to a client meeting, any travel undertaken for work purposes falls under this category. 

Common Causes of Work-Related Vehicle & Travel Accidents 

Several factors can contribute to work-related vehicle and travel accidents, including: 

  • Distracted driving: Texting, eating, or even adjusting the radio can lead to accidents. 

  • Fatigue: Long hours and demanding schedules can result in tired drivers who are more likely to make mistakes. 

  • Poor vehicle maintenance: Company vehicles that aren't properly maintained can be hazardous. 

  • Weather conditions: Rain, snow, and ice can create dangerous driving conditions. 

  • Inadequate training: Employees who haven't been properly trained to operate vehicles or navigate routes safely are at a higher risk. 

  • Speeding: Driving over the speed limit or too fast for road conditions increases the risk of accidents. 

  • Impaired driving: Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or even certain prescription medications can be extremely dangerous. 

  • Road conditions: Potholes, construction zones, and poorly marked roads can contribute to accidents. 

  • Aggressive driving: Tailgating, road rage, and reckless maneuvers can lead to collisions. 

  • Lack of seatbelt use: Not wearing one can result in more severe injuries in an accident. Even if you’re wearing your seatbelt, another passenger failing to do so poses a risk for everyone else in the vehicle.  

  • Improper loading of cargo: Unsecured or improperly loaded cargo can shift during travel, affecting vehicle control and stability.  

What To Do After a Work-Related Vehicle or Travel Accident 

If you find yourself involved in an accident of this sort, you must first protect your rights and ensure your well-being. 

Safety First 

Make sure you're safe. Check for injuries and call 911 if immediate medical attention is needed. Move to a safe location, if possible, away from traffic and further harm. 

Report the Accident 

Notify your employer as soon as possible. In Kansas, you’re required to report work-related injuries to your employer within 10 days. Failure to do so can jeopardize your claim. 

Gather Evidence 

Collect as much information as you can at the scene: 

  • Take photos: Document the vehicles involved, road conditions, and any visible injuries. 

  • Exchange information: Get the names, contact details, and insurance information of all parties involved. 

  • Witnesses: Collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident. 

Seek Medical Attention 

Even if you feel fine, it's essential to see a doctor. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but can develop later. Keep records of all medical visits and treatments. 

Contact a Lawyer 

Reach out to us for legal assistance. We will guide you through the process, helping you get the compensation you deserve. 

Work-Related Vehicle & Travel Accidents Laws in Kansas 

Kansas has specific laws that govern work-related vehicle and travel accidents. If you’re planning to file a lawsuit, you should familiarize yourself with them.  

Workers Compensation 

In Kansas, workers compensation laws provide benefits to employees injured on the job, including work-related travel. These benefits can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and disability compensation. 

Fault and Liability 

Kansas follows a modified comparative fault rule. This means that if you're found to be partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced by the percentage of your fault. However, you can still recover damages if you're less than 50% at fault. 

Employer Responsibility 

Under Kansas law, employers must carry workers' compensation insurance. Failure to do so may result in severe penalties and give injured employees grounds for a civil lawsuit. 

Partner With Slape & Howard  

You shouldn't have to fight a legal battle while recovering from a work-related injury. The experienced attorneys at Slape & Howard handle every aspect of your claim, from gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies. 

Employers and insurance companies often rely on accident victims' willingness to accept low settlements. We ensure that you're not asking for more than you deserve but demanding exactly what your suffering has earned. 

Our legal strategies are tailored according to your situation because we are committed to providing the most effective representation possible. 

We pride ourselves on being trustworthy, diligent, and dedicated attorneys. If you’re local to Wichita, Kansas, or live anywhere in the state, call us now. Schedule a consultation to understand your rights, and work through the aftermath of your work-related or travel accident with confidenc