If you recently sustained an injury due to a motor vehicle collision while working or you worry about the possibility of such an accident, it is very important to understand the impact of these collisions. Every year, workers in various fields find themselves seriously hurt due to accidents on the road, and those in some fields have an especially high likelihood of becoming injured in a motor vehicle crash.
In addition to the physical consequences of a work-related traffic collision, other problems can arise as well. For example, you could face financial hardships because of lost wages or you could have difficulty with medical costs.
Examining data on workers and traffic accident injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided insight on work-related traffic collisions in a fact sheet on their site. The CDC states that while some fields have an especially high chance of job-related traffic accidents, such as those who drive trucks, buses and taxis, workers in other fields also face these hardships. In fact, 56% of deadly job-related traffic collisions involved workers who did not have motor vehicle operator positions. During 2020, over 1,000 workers across the U.S. lost their lives in these accidents, more than any other type of job-related fatality.
Many workers suffer severe injuries in traffic accidents, and nonfatal injuries generate about $75,000 in costs, on average. Furthermore, workers also become involved in many pedestrian accidents, and 2020 saw over 300 pedestrian worker deaths.
Restoring normalcy after a work-related traffic crash
Following a traffic collision, you could have a number of hardships to overcome. Physical pain, injuries that limit your abilities and emotional hurdles occur frequently. You could struggle to pay bills, medical expenses and other costs. Make sure you evaluate the options in front of you closely and do everything you can to restore a sense of normalcy after a work-related traffic accident.