Having access to a company car can be a privilege or a burden.
Company vehicles are cars, vans, trucks and buses that are owned and operated by a company to be used by employees or agents of that company. They are often used to carry work equipment, haul goods, or transport passengers, but may also be used for work-related employee transportation, such as making sales calls, going to business meetings or delivering products.
Unfortunately, like all other cars and trucks on the road, company vehicles can be involved in catastrophic and deadly accidents.
Company cars should be maintained and serviced by the company who owns them so that you feel safe and confident while driving them to your various destinations.
However, accidents can and do happen while driving company-owned vehicles due to many reasons. You may be an excellent, attentive driver who observes all of the rules of the road, but you still get into an accident. Possible causes could be:
- Another person’s negligent actions
- Road construction
- Inclement weather
- Faulty maintenance of your vehicle
What if you are driving a company car, but not on company business? What if you’re using your company car for personal business and you’re in an accident? The company owner of the car can still be found liable in this situation. A car owner is required by law to use due care when allowing someone to drive the vehicle.
Companies are usually responsible for the actions of their employees when their employees are acting as agents for their company. When a company vehicle is involved in an accident, the driver and/or company may be liable for damages. The driver may be responsible if negligence played a role in the accident. Speak with an attorney knowledgeable in workplace injuries, and get a clear understanding of what your rights, and how the entire process will look like.
If you have been injured in an accident while driving for company-related reasons, you should receive compensation for any medical expenses – usually through workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney to receive answers to any questions you may have about your specific claim. Speak to one of our attorneys to discuss your case and we will provide you with all your available options, the consultation is free.