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North Carolina employees at risk of workplace car accidents

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those traveling for work and driving work vehicles are at risk of injuring themselves in car accidents. The CDC states that the average cost of one of these accidents to an employer is approximately $74,000 and that liability insurance adds to the operating costs of a business.

Though some think of workplace accidents as those that occur in a place of business, those accidents can also occur on one of the public highways in the state. Those driving for work may find themselves in accidents involving other employees, other drivers, and pedestrians.

Car accidents on public roads can cost companies thousands in additional costs every year. These accidents may occur due to troubles with a vehicle or due to negligence on the part of the employer.

In the case of an accident, an employee may file a civil suit or a workers compensation claim. A workers compensation claim will go through legal channels and prevent an employee from filing in civil court. Workers compensation claims generally end with a settlement between both employer and employee and may occur even if the employer admits some fault in the case.

A workplace accident may also occur on a city street due to negligence on the part of the city. These cases are separate from workers compensation claims. If the employee believes that an employer was negligent or that an employer is at fault for an accident, the case may transcend a traditional workers compensation claim and require a civil lawsuit.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Motor Vehicle Safety", December 20, 2014

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