Whether you’re traveling for a professional conference, business meeting, or other event, you may decide to take your car, a rental, or a company car instead of flying. While most business trips are productive, they can also be a hazard.
Driving for work can put you at risk of car accidents, especially if you’re distracted by work matters, are in an unfamiliar city, or are trying to tackle projects and aren’t getting as much sleep as usual. You may not know what parts of the city heavy traffic or other dangers and your sleep schedule have may change as you take part in work events. You may be risk of distracted driving or fatigued driving accidents.
You may need to travel by car for business to pursue opportunities, but an accident or injury can impact your future earning power permanently. There are a few ways you can stay safer:
- Check your car before you go: If you’re traveling by car, get your car checked out before you travel. This is especially important if you travel for business often and take your car often. It may also be worth it to check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered in case you use the car for business. If you are renting a car or using a company car, look over the car carefully before you hop in. If you will be driving for a long period of time, it can be useful to have your company car or rental checked out by a mechanic, just in case.
- Give yourself extra driving time: Always leave with ample time so you can take plenty of rest stops and breaks. Extra time will also reduce your stress and prevent you from being distracted by trying to get to your destination at a specific hour.
- Take a look at your schedule: If you’re trying to fit in too much plus driving, you may be driving exhausted or driving at night. Time your driving so you can stop well in advance of dark falling and can check into the hotel to get some sleep and rest before you need to handle any work. If the driving will be difficult with your time schedule, consider a plane and then a rental or consider hiring a driver so you can rest are you’re taken to your destination.
- Make sure you’re covered: Often, you are covered by workers’ compensation in Homestead or your community when you travel, but you might want to check your coverage or even get extra insurance for added security and peace of mind.
If you have been injured while travelling on business, are you covered by workers’ compensation? Can you file a claim against a rental car company? Who is responsible? Getting fair compensation for your claim is important, especially if your injuries prevent you from working.
If you have questions after a serious injury, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Homestead personal injury attorney. Our legal team has more than 60 years of combined experience and we have offices conveniently located in Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami to help you.