Workplace Motor Vehicle Accidents

Workplace motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2017 alone, nearly 1,300 workers died in work-related crashes. New Jersey drivers who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and our South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help you receive the benefits you deserve.

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

An employee’s injuries must be work-related to qualify for workers’ compensation; therefore, those who are injured while at work are eligible. However, even employees who are injured away from the workplace may qualify for benefits, including those who:

  • Have no fixed place of work
  • Run errands on behalf of their employer
  • Perform off-site work that benefits their employer

The workers’ compensation system is no-fault; therefore, employees are entitled to benefits regardless of who was at fault for their accident. However, to qualify, workers must have been injured while they were acting in the course of employment. Generally, those who are injured while commuting to and from work are not able to collect benefits. Also, employees who were not acting in the interest of their employer or who violated the law at the time they were injured will be barred from receiving compensation.

Traveling Workers

Many workers travel as part of their job, which puts them at risk of being involved in an accident. Delivery drivers, nurses, truck drivers, salespeople, and emergency medical personnel are just some examples of the workers who may become injured while traveling for work. Such workers, as well as the dependents of those who are fatally injured in workplace motor vehicle accidents, may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other benefits.

Traveling workers are not the only employees who may receive workers’ compensation in New Jersey. Those who are injured in motor vehicle accidents while traveling somewhere for work-related reasons may also be eligible for benefits and should seek the counsel of a qualified attorney in their local area.

Common Workplace Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Those involved in workplace motor vehicle accidents may sustain a wide variety of injuries ranging from minor to severe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately three million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. Common types of compensable injuries include:

  • Burns
  • Concussions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fatal injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Whiplash

Reporting Requirements

New Jersey employees must report their injuries to their employers as soon as possible. If medical treatment is required, the employer may select the treating physician. Employers must then file a First Report of Injury with the state and decide whether to accept the claim.

Employers may choose to dispute claims based on whether the injury was work-related, among other factors. Employees whose claims are denied may file a formal Claims Petition or an Application for an Informal Hearing with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. There is a two-year statute of limitations for workers’ compensation cases in New Jersey; therefore, it is important for injured workers to remember that they must file their claim within two years from the date they were injured to remain eligible for compensation.

South Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP Represent Workers Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you were injured while acting in the scope of your employment, contact a South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP for assistance with your claim. We will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including the City of Camden. To schedule a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 856-761-3773.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:

Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:

Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.

In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:

Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse

The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.

The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.