Traffic accidents happen. More than a quarter of a million people are injured on the roads each year, and many of those are driving company vehicles at the time of the accident. Just because you’re working while you’re involved in an accident, though, doesn’t lessen the consequences. Any car accident, even one while you’re on the job, can be a devastating experience. Learning a bit about what to do next, though, can help you through such a frustrating event.
- As with any accident, the first step you want to take is getting medical help immediately. Even if you think you’re fine, physical injuries can present themselves days or weeks after the actual accident, so talking to your GP right away or going to the emergency department of your local hospital is essential.
- Keep in mind that if your vehicle is insured by your employer, you’re actually covered by your employer’s plan, not your own. This is true no matter who may have been responsible for the accident, so you’ll need to talk with that insurance company, not the one from which you’ve purchased your own policy.
- Trade unions sometimes offer free legal help for union members who are involved in accidents, so if you’re part of a union, you may want to contact them immediately after the accident has occurred.
In the event you are injured in a crash while you’re driving a company vehicle, you should immediately contact your employer. The company should be able to guide you through the next steps, protecting your health and safety at all costs.