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Fort Lauderdale car accidents at work, or involving a commercial vehicle, entitle victims to compensation

A reporter and cameraman were injured this week in a Fort Lauderdale car accident when their television remote truck flipped over after reportedly colliding with a Jeep. The crash happened near the Kathleen C. Wright Administration building, which headquarters the Broward County School District, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Car accidents are the most common cause of work-related accidents. In all cases, an employee would be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for car accidents that occur while on the job. Such benefits are designed to pay the cost of your medical bills and a portion of lost wages.

In other cases involving work accidents while on the job — or those in an accident with a work vehicle — a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against the business. Employers carry large umbrella liability policies, typically in the amount of $2 million, to help protect against serious or fatal accidents involving a company vehicle.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than one-third of all fatal work accidents involved a traffic accident in 2009, accounting for 1,682 of the 4,340 work-related deaths.

In this case, the crash happened about 9 a.m. near the intersection of Southeast Third Avenue and Southeast Sixth Street. Two WPLG Ch. 10 employees and the female driver of the Jeep were transferred to Broward General Medical Center.

The TV News employees were identified as reporter Neki Mohan and cameraman David Silver.

The white television truck was heading downtown, where firefighters were taking part in a training program that involved the controlled burn of a vacant building. The woman in the Jeep was an employee of the school district and was heading for the district’s nearby parking garage.

Freeman & Mallard is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.

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