Driving a corporate vehicle carries its own risks, both for the employee and his or her employer. Being involved in a wreck with a company car, whether you are the employee or the other party, means determining who is at fault and who is ultimately responsible for paying damages.
Hart & David provides the legal experience and knowledge necessary to represent those who have been injured in an accident involving a corporate vehicle. We know the laws and theories surrounding liability, and we can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Who Is Responsible?
If you have been involved in an accident while driving a corporate vehicle and the other driver was at fault, it’s fairly straightforward that the other driver—or rather, their insurance company—is responsible for paying damages. Securing this compensation naturally requires that you take down important information, including the other driver’s license number, their contact information, and insurance information. Filing a police report is also important here.
If the driver of a corporate vehicle is at fault for an accident, determining where the liability falls becomes a little more difficult. Generally, the employer is responsible, but there are some situations in which this may not be the case.
Determining whether the employer or the employee is responsible is a matter decided through analysis of evidence and the circumstances of the accident. Our attorneys provide the knowledge needed to determine the responsible party in a corporate vehicle accident.
Employer and Employee Liability
Under respondeat superior laws, the employer is responsible for paying damages due to injury and loss of property if the employee is acting within the scope of their employment. In other words, if the employee is driving as part of performing their job, the employer, not the employee, is liable. This is also referred to as vicarious liability, and it applies even if the employer has not been negligent in any way.
In other instances in which the employer has been negligent, the employer can face personal injury charges from an accident. Negligence occurs when the employer either fails to properly supervise drivers or when they do not perform due diligence when hiring. For example, if an employer is careless about hiring a truck driver by failing to perform background checks or verifying that the driver has a commercial license, they are guilty of negligence.
If the employee is operating a company vehicle, but is not performing duties pertinent to their job, the employee is then liable. Lawsuits will thusly be made against the driver and compensation will be paid by their insurance company.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a corporate vehicle and you have suffered a severe injury, seek legal assistance promptly. Hart & David is here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We represent our clients with aggressive negotiation, skilled courtroom prosecution, and deft analysis of each case.
Our attorneys can help you claim compensation for the following:
- Medical treatments
- Doctor visits
- Physical and psychological therapy
- Damage or loss of property
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning ability
To make your claim and obtain compensation after an accident involving a corporate vehicle, contact the personal injury attorneys at Hart & David today.