Have You Been Hurn in an Accident with a Commercial Vehicle or Company Truck?
Being in an accident is never a pleasant situation, but it’s important to know the initial steps to take if you have been hit by a company vehicle. If you are a victim of this type of accident, it is important to find out:
- Whether the person driving the company vehicle was working at the time of the accident
- The name of the company for whom the negligent driver works
- Who owns the vehicle at fault?
- Identify all liability insurance policies that cover the negligence of the vehicle and driver at fault
Obtaining this information can be difficult, and will likely require the assistance of a skilled attorney.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES?
When involved in an accident with a company vehicle or company truck in Louisiana, not only can the at-fault driver be held liable, but also their employer. An employer can be held vicariously liable for the actions of their employee, under the doctrine of respondeat superior. For example, if a driver of a company vehicle was working in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the accident, then his employer may be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by the negligence of driver.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A “COMPANY VEHICLE OR TRUCK”?
Typically, a company vehicle can be defined as any vehicle used for commercial purposes. Examples are:
- Fleet vehicles
- Garbage trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Utility company vans
- City buses
- Box trailers
- Any vehicle with a business name on it
Company vehicle cases can quickly become complicated, especially when larger companies are involved. The skilled auto accident attorneys at Schoenfeld Law Firm are ready to guide you through this difficult time.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with any of these types of vehicles, contact our attorneys today to request a free case evaluation. From courtroom litigation to insurance company negotiations, we are here to assist you in getting the compensation that you deserve. Whether in the Lafayette, Acadiana, or New Orleans area, our attorneys are ready to help.