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Can an At-Fault Driver's Employer Be Responsible for an Accident?

bigstock-Car-Crash-From-Car-Accident-On-146588306_preview-2-300x200.jpegThere may be multiple parties who are responsible for a motor vehicle accident. In some cases, only the driver is at fault. However, there are also situations where the at-fault driver's employer is liable for the crash. It would depend on the circumstances.

A Georgia employer can be liable for a wreck if an employee using a company vehicle caused a wreck while they were acting within the scope of his or her employment. Let's say, for example, an employee is hauling equipment to a warehouse for his employer when he crashes into another vehicle, killing its occupant. This is a case where the employer might be liable.

However, there are also situations where an employer can be liable for entrusting a vehicle to an employee. These are cases where an employee does not need to be operating within the scope of his or her employment at the time of the crash. In such cases, an employer might be liable for an employee's wreck in cases that involve:

  • Negligent hiring and retention. Businesses must exercise due diligence when hiring or retaining employees who use company vehicles. An employer should ensure a person is qualified to safely drive a company car or truck. If an employee has certain health conditions or criminal convictions, they could pose a hazard to the public.
  • Negligent entrustment. An employer may be liable if they were negligent in entrusting a company vehicle to an employee who caused a crash. This could be the case if the employer gave a company vehicle to an employee with the knowledge they are habitually reckless or incompetent.

Call Our Macon Car Accident Lawyers for Help

If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, your ability to recover compensation from the at-fault driver's employer would depend on the circumstances. Our Macon car accident law firm has experience with these types of cases. You can speak to a Macon car accident lawyer at McArthur Law Firm at no cost during a free consultation.

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