If part of your job requires you to drive around, and you find yourself in an auto accident while on the job, you may want to consult a lawyer. This is because there are times where your employer may be liable. This is especially true for those who drive for a living, such as delivery and truck drivers. The best thing to do when in any type of auto accident is to call a lawyer and find out what options you have. This will give you the most realistic view of what compensation you may be owed.
When Your Employer May Be Liable from an Auto Accident
There are a few times where your employer could be held liable for an auto accident you had while on the job. First, is if the employer was negligent. This can be improperly maintaining the vehicle you were driving, or not keeping records of which employees were safe drivers and which were not. Should the employer have failed to verify another driver’s past driving history, for example, they could be held liable if that driver hit you.
Your employer can also be held liable if they did not supervise the safety of your shift. There is a reasonable expectation that you should follow safety procedures, as should your fellow drivers, and if the proper steps were not taken to ensure that everyone was doing just that and an auto accident occurred, your employer may have to face the reality that they could be liable for part of the accident.
Finally, your employer could also be held liable for any action that they told you to take that was dangerous or directly caused the auto accident. You are an employee, acting on behalf of your employer, so if they tell you to do something and it causes an auto accident, there is the chance that they could be included in the final claims for damages.