Two Amazon workers were hospitalized following an accident involving their delivery truck on N Loop 1604 West. The accident occurred after the vehicle drove through a barrier and off the side of the highway.
Details Surrounding the Truck Accident
San Antonio authorities report that two Amazon workers were hospitalized after their 18-wheeler delivery truck fell off the northeast side of N Loop 1604 West at Lookout Road. The accident occurred prior to 5 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, but authorities remained on the scene for well over 4 hours.
The accident occurred when the truck veered into the right-hand lane of the Loop and subsequently fell off the side. In the process, the truck damaged a roadway railing and severely damaged an overhead steel sign gantry. The gantry is currently being supported by TxDOT cranes. Debris was spread over the scene.
Following the incident, both the driver and co-pilot of the Amazon truck were hospitalized, though details on their injuries and condition are limited. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.
Seeking Compensation for Truck Accidents on the Job
Workers’ compensation in Texas is a bit different than in most other states. In Texas, workers’ compensation is managed by the state and functions as a state-run insurance program. However, not all Texas employers provide this insurance, and in either case, you will need to go through the process of making a claim.
If you are injured in a car or truck accident while on the job, you will first need to go through the regular process of calling the police to report the accident. You will also need to seek medical treatment for any injuries as soon as you can in order to connect those injuries with the accident itself.
Taking pictures of the scene and circumstances, noting down everything you remember from the experience, and gathering all documentation related to the incident are also recommended. However, this is likely where the similarities between filing a regular car or truck accident claim and filing a workers’ compensation claim end.
First, it’s unlikely that your private car insurance will be involved. Generally, your employer’s insurance covers any accidents that occur during the scope of your employment, but not those that fall outside of your usual job-related tasks.
For instance, your employer’s insurance probably won’t be involved in your injury compensation if you wreck a company vehicle during a trip to the grocery store. However, your employer’s insurance may cover damages to the vehicle.
Second, you will, of course, need to report the car accident to your employer within 30 days, and at this point, you will need to determine whether or not your employer has workers’ compensation insurance. If not, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.
However, if your employer has workers’ compensation, it doesn’t guarantee that you will receive compensation. Sometimes, these claims can be denied if insufficient proof is provided, your claim wasn’t reported in time, or discrepancies between your accident report and medical records exist.
In either case, you need to seek the assistance of a Houston truck accident attorney to help you receive any compensation that you may be owed.
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident while working, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns.