Car Accidents Involving Company Vehicles
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our dedicated attorneys represent accident victims as they assert their right to compensation following a motor vehicle crash. In some situations, an individual may be responsible for carelessly or recklessly causing a collision. At other times, as an employee, a driver of a company vehicle may be at fault for causing a crash and resulting harm. Legally, there are methods of holding a company accountable for the conduct of its workers, particularly when they are engaged in company business. Our Chicago car accident lawyers have experience in all phases of the process, which includes investigating the causes of the crash, negotiating with employers and insurance companies, and pursuing the full range of monetary compensation.Understand Your Legal Options Following a Car Accident Involving a Company Vehicle
The legal issues arising from a car accident involving a company vehicle can prove complex. Partly, this is due to the fact that a driver determined to be working at the time of the accident exposes the company to legal fault. The significance of holding a company liable is that, typically, the company will have a larger insurance policy and potentially be capable of providing larger payments to accident victims.
Establishing vicarious liability after an accident means that the victim and their attorney must show that the employer is liable for the conduct of its employees. While an employee is working or determined to be on company business, the employer is liable for any ensuing car accidents. A careless employee who commits a stop sign violation that causes a crash, for example, may expose the company to responsibility for this careless action.
It is important for victims to show that at the time of the accident, the employee was engaged in business or was furthering an aspect of the business. An employer cannot be held responsible for employees who are committing crimes, for example, since this is not conduct that would be furthering the interests of the company. Essential to assessing legal fault after an accident is asking which kind of activity the at-fault driver was performing when the accident occurred. Employees who are acting on their own agenda, either by taking a pleasure ride in a company vehicle or by drinking excessive alcohol, may not be deemed to be engaged in company business. The employer would therefore not be liable in the event of an accident.
Victims of car accidents involving company vehicles will be able to recover their damages related to the accident. These include property damage to their car, as well as medical bills and costs associated with physical therapy and rehabilitation. Common injuries in car accidents range from broken bones to severe brain injuries, and victims may not be immediately aware of the severity of their harm. Additionally, if the victim missed work after the collision due to their injuries, they can strive to recover these wages as part of their compensatory damages.Consult an Attorney Skilled in Representing Car Accident Victims in Chicago and Nearby Areas
Pursuing a legal claim after being hurt in a car accident involving a company vehicle can pose complicated issues. Legally, the specific actions of the employee are central to assessing whether the employer may be held responsible for damages. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we appreciate the emotional impact of a motor vehicle collision upon the lives of the victim and their family. It is our goal to provide personal attention and representation in response to this sensitive situation. Equally important is our ability to recover maximum compensation from all at-fault parties. By contacting our Chicago attorneys, you can receive a free consultation about your case. We also serve Quincy, Springfield, Aurora, Rockford, and other areas of Adams, Sangamon, Cook, and Kane Counties and can be reached by phone at (800) 444-1525 or online.