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Car Accidents Claim More Lives Than Other Workplace Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 17, 2011

Car accidents are far too common in the U.S., but many people don’t associate them with workplace accidents. Yet car accidents during work claim the lives of more U.S. workers each year than any other work-related activity, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The category “highway accidents” includes not only car crashes, but also pedestrian accidents, accidents involving construction workers or other workers who are on or near a road, and accidents that occur in parking lots. Twenty percent of U.S. workers who died in workplace accidents in 2009 were the victims of highway accidents.

In Washington, the year 2009 saw 13 workers lose their lives in highway accidents that happened while they were on the job. This number is quite a bit higher than the state’s record low of nine highway accident deaths in 2003, but it is much lower than in 1998, when Washington saw 29 workers lose their lives in car accidents. According to BLS, Washington has seen approximately 15 people killed in highway accidents while at work each year since 2006.

Workers may be injured or killed in car accidents in many ways. They may be driving as part of their job, to transport goods or to visit a client. They may be working on road construction or on a project that puts them close to the road, like landscaping. Or they may be running one of the many errands a business needs, such as going to the bank or picking up supplies.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident while you were working, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Seattle auto accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We will examine your case carefully and fight to protect your rights. Call 1-888-228-3860 today for a confidential consultation.

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