Work Vehicle Accidents in Chicago
Injured in a Work-Related Vehicle Accident?
Every year, thousands of people are injured in work-related vehicle accidents. Since 2000, McHargue & Jones, LLC has been helping clients across Illinois with workers’ compensation claims for their accident-related injuries. We know how these cases are handled in this state, and with nearly 20 years of experience behind us, we are prepared to help you, too. We offer free consultations to our clients, and we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we don't get paid until we win your case.
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Call McHargue & Jones, LLC at (312) 487-2461 for the legal guidance you deserve after your accident.
We Take Work-Related Vehicle Accidents Seriously
Many different careers require employees to operate trucks and other vehicles daily. If you have one of these jobs, you are at a higher risk of being injured in a work-related car or truck accident. These accidents can occur for any number of reasons, including:
- Poor weather
- Negligence on the part of the other driver
- Improper training
- Malfunctioning or defective vehicle parts
Unreasonable work schedules and driver fatigue can also cause these accidents.
Over the years, we have represented thousands of clients, including:
- Garbage truck operators
- Transit employees
- School bus drivers
- Highway road crews
- Construction workers
- Delivery drivers
- Long-haul truckers
If you have been injured in a work vehicle accident, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. This compensation is for injury-related expenses and may be used to cover things like emergency medical care and hospital bills, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages from missed work, as well as additional payments for the injury you suffered.
It is important to know that if your work vehicle accident was caused by another party's negligence, you may have another separate legal claim against that party. Our attorney can assess your case to identify all potential claims and pursue them on your behalf to maximize your financial recovery.
Does an Accident in a Work Vehicle Affect Personal Insurance?
In most cases if you were driving a company vehicle at the time of your accident, you don't have to worry about reporting it to your personal insurance company. In most situations your employer's insurance company will cover the damages. However, if you were at fault for the accident the incident may still show up on your driving record, and if you ever change insurance providers they may take this accident into account when calculating your risk as a driver.
What If You're In a Car Accident While Traveling for Work?
Work vehicle accidents can get a little more complicated if you are using your personal vehicle for work purposes. If you are permitted by work to use your personal car while on the clock, any damages caused by an accident may still be covered by your employer's insurance company (this is a rule known as "vicarious liability").
Some instances in which your own insurance may be expected to cover damages include:
- If you were running a personal errand at the time of the crash
- If you were off the clock, or were driving to or from work
- If you are a rideshare driver and were on the clock but did not have a passenger in your vehicle at the time of the crash
- If you were acting recklessly or violating company policies at the time of the accident
Fighting for Fair & Full Compensation
Our Chicago attorneys are committed to helping clients through this challenging time after a work vehicle accident. We believe in taking a detail-oriented approach that considers the whole person. Unlike larger firms, to us, you are more than a case number. We are always available for our clients, and we always put our clients’ interests first.
When you need aggressive legal representation, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers in Chicago at (312) 487-2461.