Being involved in a car accident is a stressful event, regardless of who was at fault, or how the accident happened, but when costly property damage, serious injury, and/or death result from a motor vehicle accident, the stress is compounded. Whether you were the at-fault party or the victim of a car accident, laws where the accident occurred dictates how the case will be settled. When an employee of a company is involved in an accident or causes a car accident, the company, itself, will likely be held liable.
On the Job
The owner of a company may be held liable for any car accident property damage or injury when an employee is using the vehicle while on the job. Using a vehicle for work may be as obvious as a pizza delivery person, or it could mean an office manager ran to the bank and was involved a car accident.
Your job does not have to be driving for your accident to be considered “on the job.” If your boss asked you to pick up something from a store on the way to work, you would be considered “on the job” if you were involved in an accident. Because determining liability issues can be quite complex in car accident cases like this, you’ll need an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the confusing laws of the state on your side.
The Rule of Employer Liability
Regarding motor vehicle accidents, the rule of employer liability for an employee’s negligence applies whether the injured person is the driver of another vehicle, a pedestrian, a passenger in the employee’s personal car being driver while on the job, or a passenger in the employer’s car being driven by the employee. However, whether someone was on the job at the time of the accident is not always easy to ascertain.
Generally speaking, any time an employee is performing work-related duties, the person can be considered on the job even when he is also taking care of some personal errands and driving his own personal vehicle.
For example, running errands in a personal car during lunch is not considered work-related, but if the employee is also picking up or dropping off something for work, the driving now becomes “on-the-job.” For those of you who commute to and from work, you are not on the job while driving the route to your job, but if you have to make work-related stops along the way, you will be considered on the job.
A good personal injury attorney will be able to figure out liability in a car accident in which an employee of a company was driving at the time of the accident. Most employers who use company cars on a regular basis are covered by insurance, but it can be a bit of a gray area when it’s not clear if an employee was on the job at the time of the motor vehicle collision.
If you have been injured in a Las Vegas car crash, Adam Smith Law is here for you. Please call us at 702-929-2289 or email us to schedule your free consultation.