Santa Ana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at California Law Associates Say Highest Rate of Death on the Job Due to Auto Accidents

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Attorneys at California Law Associates—a law firm handling workers’ compensation cases—comment on new on-the-job-injury statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.

First and foremost, semi-truck drivers, construction workers, farmhands, factory employees and salesmen and women alike should make sure they are driving a safe vehicle,” Ahmad said.

Data reported in the Los Angeles Times(Aug. 23, 2012) reveals that sales reps and truck drivers have the deadliest jobs. Santa Ana workers’ compensation lawyers say accidents on the road involving employees unfortunately are not unusual. The workplace injury attorneys in Orange County have seen first-hand the devastating impact of on-the-job accidents in California involving workers on the road.

According to the Times, the U.S. Department of Labor gathered workplace fatality data for 2010. The study found that fatal work injuries involving transportation comprised 39% of annual job-related fatalities, with 21% of those job deaths taking place on highways.

Los Angeles workers compensation attorney Shehzad Ahmad, of California Law Associates, handles Workers’ Compensation benefits claims on a regular basis. He urges employees who drive as part of their jobs to take extra precautions when they’re working behind the wheel.

“First and foremost, semi-truck drivers, construction workers, farmhands, factory employees and salesmen and women alike should make sure they are driving a safe vehicle,” Ahmad said. “Their vehicles should be inspected regularly and properly maintained. Secondly, before heading out on the road for work, drivers should make sure they are prepared for long hours of driving. Sleepy truckers should wait until they are rested. Salespeople should ensure that they are all caught up with clients and colleagues, so they are not tempted to be texting while driving or making cellphone calls from behind the wheel. Otherwise, serious car accident injuries—even a death on the job—could occur.”

The Los Angeles Times article describes sales representatives and truck drivers as having “the deadliest profession.” According to the newspaper, last year 683 employees who drive for work died on the job and nearly 4 in 10 fatalities involved transportation.
Ahmad said these latest findings are a reminder to workers who drive, and their loved ones, that the California Workers’ Compensation system is there to help when an employee is injured on the job and needs medical care or financial help to recover. Workplace accidents can lead to complicated worker injury claims in California, particularly if the accident occurs on the road, Ahmad said.
“A third party may be liable. Every transportation-related job injury should be thoroughly investigated. And if a family member died while driving for work, relatives can pursue wrongful death benefits as well,” he said.
Anyone who has suffered a workplace injury in Southern California—from a big rig accident brain injury, a sales rep passenger car rear-ender whiplash, internal organ damage from a delivery van crash or a warehouse forklift spinal cord injury—may call 714-542-3377 or visit

About California Law Associates
The tough, dedicated attorneys at California Law Associates have over 50 years of combined experience serving workplace injury and personal injury victims throughout Santa Ana, Los Angeles and Rancho Santa Margarita. Their areas of legal expertise include workplace injuries, Workers Compensation law, auto accidents, personal injury, premises liability, dog bites and slip and fall accident injuries.

California Law Associates
2107 N. Broadway, Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Telephone: 714-542-3377

Los Angeles Law Office
3540 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 615
Los Angeles, CA 90010 22342
Telephone: 714-542-3377

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