Q If I am injured while traveling to work, can I recover North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits?
In most cases, no. The North Carolina workers’ compensation law does not protect workers who are injured while traveling to work or while traveling home after work. This is part of North Carolina's "going and coming rule." There are certain exceptions, however. For instance, traveling salespeople who have to drive regularly in their work can recover even if they are traveling to their first sales appointment of the day.