Who Is Held Liable for Damages After a Car Accident With a Company Vehicle?

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Who Is Held Liable for Damages After a Car Accident With a Company Vehicle?

Author: Jay Howard

When you get into an accident with a private vehicle, the question of liability is relatively straightforward. If the other driver is on the clock, however, you may need help determining who to hold responsible for your losses. Some corporations are willing to take on the blame for their employees’ oversight. Others may not.

You can demand compensation after a car accident caused by another person. Don’t let a corporation’s legal team intimidate you. Instead, make a connection with us at Tabbaa Law. We can outline your legal options and make sure you have the knowledge you need to negotiate for comprehensive financial support.

On-Duty Drivers May Be Protected by Their Companies

Many corporations offer full-time employees protection from roadway accidents. However, these companies are often eager to reduce their accident-related losses. With that in mind, most businesses will be hyper-specific in terms of who in their company they will protect.

Take, for example, a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft restrict the reach of their insurance to drivers who are on duty. Any driver not on duty does not benefit from a rideshare company’s coverage in the face of an accident. Similarly, many corporations will only offer legal protection to full-time, on-duty employees.

Finally, most corporations do not offer legal protections to their independent contractors. If you get into an accident with a corporate employee, you need to get an idea of what their relationship with their employer is like. This way, you’ll have a better idea of who to address in an upcoming car accident claim.

Proving a Party’s Liability After a Car Accident

Proving that a company must take responsibility for an employee’s negligence can be challenging. Most companies want to protect their employees and themselves from civil charges. As such, some companies may try to obscure evidence that might implicate them.

Fortunately, at Tabbaa Law, we know how to move quickly in the wake of a dangerous car accident. We can gather evidence at the scene of your accident to later present to a judge in a civil claim. Our presentation can include:

  • Bystander testimony
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Physical debris from an accident
  • Footage of your accident
  • Police reports
  • Loss reports/applicable bills

This information can serve as a building block for your case for accident compensation.

Contending With Company Settlement Offers

A corporation that takes responsibility for an employee’s accident but wants to avoid time in court may reach out to you with a car accident settlement offer. These offers can cover your accident-related losses, but they can also undersell the value of your accident.

Fortunately, you do not have to accept the first car accident settlement offer you receive. In collaboration with a car accident attorney, you can negotiate for a more comprehensive settlement. We make sure that the company in question acknowledges the full extent of your car accident’s losses.

We Prevent Corporations From Misrepresenting Their Responsibilities

Corporations do not always have your best interests at heart, particularly not in the wake of an accident. You don’t have to let their legal teams intimidate you out of civil action, though. If a corporation should take responsibility for your accident, Tabbaa Law can help hold them accountable.

We want to give you every opportunity to demand compensation for your collision. You can learn more about the support we provide car accident survivors during a case consultation. Call us at (770) 370-7881 or reach out to us through our contact form.

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