According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of all motor vehicle accidents are work-related. Of those accidents, 68% occur in company-owned vehicles. Your job can be stressful on its own. If you find yourself in a car crash in your job’s vehicle, you have not only your job, but your health and safety to worry about. Even when another driver is negligent, you still have to worry about your employer’s reaction to the crash.
Who Is Responsible?
Normal car crashes can be complicated. Adding a company vehicle to the mix only serves to make determining who is liable more difficult. So how do you figure it all out? The first step is to find a personal injury attorney. In most cases, there are three potential parties that may be liable.
The Negligent Driver.
If you are involved in a car crash with a driver who acted negligently, they are likely responsible for causing the collision. Negligence could including violating traffic laws. Things like speeding, driving under the influence or ignoring traffic signs. Getting a police report of the incident can be helpful in proving the other party is responsible for the crash. It could also help show your employer that you did all you could to avoid the crash.
Safety tests are required before selling any vehicle in the United States. If a manufacturer failed to do perform appropriate and adequate testing, they could be responsible for the injuries caused by these failures. They could also be held responsible for not informing the vehicle owner of any open recalls in a reasonable amount of time. Third-party manufacturers have the potential to be liable as well. If your crash was caused by a tire that should have been recalled, or your airbag did not deploy, the makers of these products could be liable for your damages.
Local governments are usually responsible for maintaining roadways and traffic signals. Cities and counties are responsible for ensuring their roadways are safe for everyone to drive on. If your crash was caused because the roads were not properly maintained, the local government in charge may be liable. However, keep in mind that the government has laws in place to protect them from certain claims. Work with your lawyer to help determine who is responsible or if recovering damages from the government is possible for your case.
San Antonio Car Crash Lawyer.
Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients all across Texas with offices in San Antonio, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.