Named after the abundance of black walnut trees which are native to the area, the city of Nogales in the state of Arizona has since become one of the most integral points of international trade throughout all of North America. Though just over 20,000 people lived in the city as of the US 2010 census, thousands more flow through the city each day either via Interstate 19 (which is part of the CANAMEX Highway) on the American side of the border or the Mexico Federal Highway 15 from Mexico.
Nogales is not only well known as being an important trade region. The city and the county of Santa Cruz have 200 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and several state parks are located nearby.
Nogales most recently gained national attention after one of the longest underground drug tunnels was discovered beneath the city on Valentine’s Day of 2014. The tunnel was longer than 1.5 football fields and was used to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States from Mexico.
Injured in a Car While on the Job
The city of Nogales is well connected and welcomes hundreds of drivers and their passengers from Mexico on a daily basis. Not everyone who crosses the border, however, is entering into the United States for pleasure. Many vehicle and truck drivers are entering into the United States for work purposes.
Who Is Considered a Worker?
Generally speaking, if you are in a car accident while you are driving or are a passenger in a vehicle for a work-related reason, you are considered to be working. This means you may be eligible for worker’s compensation.
Some situations in which you may be considered a worker include:
- If you are running an errand for your employer
- If you are transporting goods
- If you are transporting another employee
- If your job involves driving
- If you are paid by your employer for your travel time
- If you regularly travel for work and do not have a fixed office
Here at the Ruhmann Law Firm, we are experienced in helping individuals who have been injured in a car accident when across the border in Mexico or in a border town. These situations, however, do require expert handling and each circumstance is different.
If you have found yourself in a vehicular or truck accident in Mexico or in the United States, our team of professional personal injury attorneys are able to help.
We invite you to give us a call for a free consultation at (915) 845-4529.