Company Car Accidents
Many employers provide their employees with cars. Driving a company car does not insulate a person from being involved in company car accidents, though, and reckless motorists often cause crashes when driving cars owned by their employers. In many instances, a person injured in a collision involving a company car may not only be able to seek damages from the car’s driver but also from the driver’s employer. If you were hurt in a car accident caused by the driver of a business-owned vehicle you should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to evaluate what claims you may be able to pursue. The dedicated Cape Cod car accident attorneys of The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, can counsel you regarding your options and help you to seek whatever damages you may be owed from the parties who contributed to your harm. Collectively, we have over fifteen decades of mutual experience helping injured parties pursue justice in the Massachusetts courts and our assertive advocacy has enable us to obtain numerous multi-million dollar damages awards for our clients.Claims Against Drivers in Company Car Accidents
A variety of factors can cause company car accidents. For example, inclement weather, such as snow and ice, defective cars or car parts, and unsafe roadways bring about many collisions. Typically, though, car crashes are caused at least in part by reckless driving. As such, in most lawsuits arising out of collisions the injured party will allege a negligence claim against one of the drivers involved in the accident. In Massachusetts, to establish liability under a theory of negligence the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty and that the duty was breached. Usually the duty owed is the obligation to act with reasonable care but it may also be a duty imposed by law, such as the statutes regarding the operation of vehicles. The plaintiff must also prove actual harm caused by the breach.Claims Against Employers of Negligent Drivers
If the person that causes an accident was driving a company car at the time of the collision, the employer that provided the car may be deemed liable as well. In Massachusetts, an employer might be held accountable for the negligent acts of an employee if they occur during the course and scope of the person’s employment. In other words, the employee must be engaged in job duties that serve the employer’s goals when the harm occurs. The accident must typically happen during the employee’s regular work hours as well. In some instances, a plaintiff may also be able to pursue negligent hiring or supervision claims against a driver’s employer, if he or she can show that the employer knew or should have known that the employee’s driving posed a risk of harm to other motorists but nonetheless permitted the employee to operate a company car.Damages Recoverable in Company Car Accident Cases
Plaintiffs that prove liability may be awarded compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional losses suffered due to their accidents. For example, they may recover the cost of any medical treatment they need or may have to undergo in the future. They may also be awarded compensation for lost wages and any out of pocket expenses. Finally, they might be granted damages for any mental trauma, suffering, and pain caused by the accident.Discuss Your Case with an Attorney on Cape Cod
Car accidents often cause extensive damages, and in many instances more than one person may be held accountable. If you were injured in an accident with a person driving a company car you may be owed compensation from multiple parties and should seek legal counsel. At The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our skilled lawyers proudly represent injured parties in the pursuit of damages, and if you hire us we will work tirelessly to help you seek just results. Our knowledgeable attorneys have a record of obtaining successful outcomes, including many damages awards that exceed one million dollars. We assist people in lawsuits arising out of car accidents on Cape Cod, and are available for meetings in Hyannis and in Plymouth. You can contact us through our form online or at (888) 262-6664 to set up a meeting. Nós Falamos Português.