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When the Party at Fault for a Wreck Isn’t a Person

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, your next logical step would be to file a personal injury claim to recover all damages and protect your finances. Personal injury court exists so t victims don’t have to pay out of pocket for someone else’s mistakes. 

Your opponent in this legal battle is usually the driver who’s at fault for a road crash and their insurance company, but you may also find yourself in a situation where your injury case may involve other parties. Speaking with an attorney is crucial in order to understand how to proceed when the party at fault for a wreck isn’t a person. 

Employer’s Responsibility

If your accident involves a company-owned vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation from an employer. In certain instances, you may be able to file a claim against the company, not a person. Your chances of being successful depend on the circumstances that led to your accident. 

You can still seek compensation from an employer even if the accident didn’t involve a company-owned vehicle, as long as the driver was acting on behalf of the employer when the wreck happened. 

Keep in mind that taking legal action against a company isn’t always a possibility. To do so, you’ll need to prove that the employee responsible for the accident was driving during work hours and wasn’t on the road because of personal reasons. This means that if a wreck happens during a daily commute to work, the company can’t be considered liable. 

Accidents Caused by Road Hazards

When you’re on the road, it’s not just other drivers you need to worry about. In some cases, a pothole or other hazard on the road can lead to serious injuries if you lose control of your vehicle. If this happens, your accident may not be the fault of an individual

The Florida Department of Transportation (FLDOT) is a government agency and may be held liable for accidents caused by certain road hazards. This agency is responsible for maintaining the integrity and safety of the road, including repairs of potholes of design defects in roadways. If they fail to repair a dangerous section of the road, talk to a lawyer about your options. 

Seek Help with a Car Accident Lawyer 

Cases without a clear liable party are complex, and a simple mistake may be enough for the agency or company’s insurer to place the blame on you. Without extensive knowledge of the law, you could find yourself on the receiving end of a lowball offer that won’t be enough to cover all future expenses or a denial. 

Experienced lawyers at Gross & Schuster, P.A. know what you’re going through, and can help you build a strong case in order to collect compensation. No matter what the reason you’ve been through a car accident, we won’t stop fighting until you’ve received a fair settlement. 

You can schedule your free consultation by completing the contact form or calling our office at 850-434-3333.

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