Michael Damaso / 03-09-2022 / Car Accident

When Is an Employer Liable in a Florida Car Accident Case?

Getting into a car accident with someone driving a car for work can make an already challenging situation more confusing. One of the tricky things about incidents involving people driving for work is establishing liability. It may not be clear who to pursue for the incident in question and what kind of pushback you might get in the meantime. Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis P.A. has worked with many clients who have experienced collisions with those on the road for their jobs.

We understand the difficulty in pursuing a claim that is less clear about who should be held accountable. This is one of the reasons working with a Florida car accident lawyer can be beneficial, as it ensures that you have guidance for working out a successful outcome.

Common Causes of Collisions With Company Drivers

There are many reasons why collisions may occur with those driving for a company or in a company vehicle. Some of the more common causes of such collisions include:

  • Drivers trying to meet company quotas for delivery
  • Customer compensation plans if the employee is late to a previously scheduled appointment or meeting
  • Company drivers that have to make a delivery before the end of their workdays
  • Distracted driving
  • Sleepy driving
  • Overloaded cargo

The list is extensive, depending on the type of industry in which the company operates and the driver’s experience. However, there is a lot that factors into the question of whether or not an employer is liable for the driver’s actions in a car accident case.

Work With a Florida Car Accident Lawyer to Discuss Your Options

Florida is typically a no-fault state when it comes to car accidents, which means that you would pursue your own insurance company for compensation in a collision. However, it also ascribes to “vicarious liability,” which is implemented when an employer is held accountable for the actions of someone driving on its watch. This is the case no matter what type of industry the employer operates in within the collision context. This means that anytime someone is driving on behalf of an employer in Florida, the company may be held accountable for any collisions.

However, many businesses have legal resources on hand to deal with this kind of issue, so having a Florida car accident lawyer on your side can also be beneficial. This is the best way to protect your rights in the situation if you find yourself involved in a collision with a company driver. The last thing you want is to get railroaded by a company’s legal team as you pursue compensation in the situation. Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis P.A. is here to make sure that does not happen.

Schedule a Free Consultation to Get Help After a Florida Car Accident

Getting into an accident with an employer-sponsored vehicle can be tricky because the company in question might have many tools at its disposal. If this is the case, contacting Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis P.A. may be your best option. We can help you resolve the case in a way that does not decimate your finances as you try to sort out the specifics of everything from medical expenses to replacing your vehicle. We have experience in helping ensure that employers are held accountable for collisions, no matter what resources they may use to get out of that responsibility. Our proven strategies have gotten our clients the results they deserve, and we may be able to do the same for you.

Reach out to us today via phone at (407) 843-7060 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary case review.

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