08 Mar What To Do Following a Florida Car Accident With a Company Vehicle
Florida car accidents can cause serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. They can happen to anyone and involve any type of vehicle, including personal passenger vehicles, government vehicles, company vehicles, and rideshare vehicles. Vehicles that are driven by employees are referred to as company vehicles.
Sara Jones Law, P.A. represents people who have been injured in all types of accidents, including collisions with company vehicles. Our skilled and knowledgeable Polk County personal injury attorneys are advocates for people who have suffered broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured in a Florida car accident with a company vehicle, contact us for a free consultation.
Examples of Company Vehicles
Types of company vehicles can vary widely, depending on location and use. If someone is driving a vehicle owned or leased by their employer, it is a company vehicle. Examples of company vehicles may include:
- Amazon delivery trucks
- Construction company vehicles
- Corporate cars
- Fleet vehicles
- Food trucks
- Funeral home vehicles/hearses
- Gardening trucks
- Grocery delivery vehicles
- Ice cream trucks
- Moving trucks
- Refrigerator trucks
- Prepare company vans
- Limousines / Sedans / Vans/ Mini-Coach Buses
- Utility company trucks.
Employers are responsible for the actions of their employees in most cases. If you were hit by a car by someone driving a company vehicle, you may be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit filed against the company. In some scenarios, liability is contested or disputed by the company. For example, what if the employee is out on company business and takes the company car on a detour to run a personal errand? Personal injury claims can be complex, and can be even more complicated if multiple vehicles are involved. Having a qualified and experienced lawyer can give you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation for your claim.
What to Do Following an Accident
If you’re involved in a car accident involving a company vehicle, you should do everything that you would normally do following an accident:
- Call the police immediately
- Gather evidence (take photos, collect witness information)
- Get medical attention and complete follow-up your provider’s care recommendations
- Report the accident to your insurance company (but do not provide a recorded statement or speculate on fault)
- Speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
The good news, if there can be good news about an accident, is that corporations and companies usually have higher amounts of insurance for their company-owned or leased vehicles, either because it’s required by law, or to protect the company’s assets. This means more compensation may be available for your injuries. However, because so much is at stake, insurance companies and corporate counsel will aggressively defend their involvement in a collision and may even try to blame you for your injuries. Without a lawyer, you may only be able to recover a small fraction of what you are entitled to.
Speak with a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Case
Before you accept any settlement for your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, contact the Florida personal injury lawyers at Sara Jones Law, P.A. to discuss your legal rights and options. If we represent you in your claim, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.