Phoenix Work Van Accident Attorney

Being provided a work van for day to day use or while on the job is a perk, but it can quickly become a complicated matter if you are involved in an accident. Motor vehicle accidents can cause devastating physical and emotional injuries that require thousands of dollars in treatment. If you have been injured while driving a work van, you might be entitled to monetary damages for all of your losses. Contact our Phoenix work van accident lawyers and schedule a free consultation.

Why Hire Torgenson Law?

  • We have the legal skills, knowledge, and experience to get you the financial recovery you need to build a life after your accident.
  • We are successful in 99 percent of our cases, but if we do not obtain any compensation on your behalf, you will not owe any legal fees.
  • Our clients have the ability to work directly with a dedicated and skilled car accident attorney, who will fight to achieve a swift and favorable legal resolution.

When is a Work Van Accident Considered On the Job?

When work van collisions occur in the following scenarios, they are commonly considered to be on the job accidents and would qualify for workers’ compensation:

  • Driving the van is your primary job function
  • Running an errand for your employer
  • Making a delivery
  • Transporting another employee
  • Traveling between job sites
  • Travel is a major part of your work (e.g. traveling salesman)
  • Your employer pays you for your travel time to or from home

The following scenarios are when work van accidents are typically not covered, since they are considered outside the scope of their employment:

  • The commute to and from work
  • While you’re off the clock for lunch or a personal break
  • During activities that deviate from your regular work duties (e.g., making a detour to run a personal errand while driving between work sites)

To discuss the specifics and find out if your accident qualifies, consult with a Phoenix work van accident attorney.

Who is Liable in a Work Van Accident?

If you have been injured while driving a work van, you can typically depend on workers’ compensation, even if you were totally or partially at-fault. An Arizona employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they sustain a “personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment,” according to A.R.S. 23-904. There are only two exceptions to this rule, as employers are not required to carry worker’s compensation insurance for independent contractors, or casual (i.e., occasional or sporadic) employees who are, “not in the usual business of the employer.”

Filing a workers’ compensation claim will provide payment for medical care and disability income while you are unable to work. However, benefits are limited and will not fully compensate you for all of your losses. If a third party was at fault, another driver, for instance, you might have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit if you can establish negligence or recklessness. Doing so would provide you with the opportunity to recover compensation for property damage, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages.

Speak to a Work Van Accident Attorney

Determining liability for your work van accident may require the help of a Phoenix work can accident attorney familiar with cases involving company vehicles. Reach out to Torgenson Law, online or by calling (602) 759-0012, and receive a free, no-obligation consultation today.