Injured While Driving a Company Vehicle
Getting seriously injured in an auto accident is bad. It can leave you damaged physically, financially, and emotionally. That trauma and anxiety can be exacerbated if you are involved in a wreck while driving a company vehicle. You may be concerned about the implications with your employer and whether you can take legal action against the other driver.
Do not fret. Just because you do not own the car does not mean you can not bring a personal injury claim while driving your work vehicle.
Motorists Who May Find Themselves in this Situation:
- Contractors who drive pickup trucks and work in residential or commercial construction;
- Commercial carriers hauling food and beverage or equipment or fuel;
- Postal service employees or courier drivers for companies like UPS, FedEx; and/or;
- Shuttle service companies taking passengers to and from airports or hotel service vehicles
Pursuing a Claim for Financial Restitution
Your company is entitled to seek compensation for property damage against the at-fault driver, but you have the legal right to bring a claim for your personal injury damages against the at-fault party. These damages include reimbursement for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Steps to Preserve a Potential Claim
You should take the following steps if you want to enhance the viability of your personal injury claim.
Call the Police and Report the Accident: The first step to getting a successful claim is to report the accident to the police and make sure an accident report is filed. This report can be used as evidence to help establish liability on the other driver.
Get Contact Information: Make sure you obtain the contact information, including the full name, phone number, and insurance carrier of the driver who hit you. You should also get the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident.
Seek Medical Attention Right Away: You should seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure any bodily injuries are treated in a timely fashion.
Do Not Delay in Filing a Claim: It is important you take action sooner rather than later. The sooner you take action, the easier it is to collect evidence from the accident scene and the memories of witnesses are fresher shortly after the wreck. There is also a statute of limitations that applies to all civil claims in Texas (two years from the date of the accident).
Get Legal Advice
Make sure you get in touch with a qualified Houston car accident attorney who can help guide you through the injury claims process. Your attorney will also be of great help if the insurance company is dragging its feet in getting back to you about a potential settlement.
Have Questions? Contact a Houston Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury while operating a company vehicle, take action right now and schedule a time to speak to an experienced Houston car accident lawyer. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free case review 713-221-6800.