Is an employee protected while driving company vehicle?

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Is an employee protected while driving company vehicle?

If an employee of a company is driving a company vehicle and gets into an automobile accident and is at fault, can the driver be sought after for compensation by the person they hit or would the driver be protected under the company?

Asked on May 7, 2009 under Accident Law, Wyoming

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

If you were doing your job when the accident happened, not just using the company vehicle for your own purposes, your employer should pay any damages, and this usually happens through your employer's vehicle insurance company.  This should be true even if you personally are named in a lawsuit about the accident.

But if you weren't on company business, you may not be protected.  If there is any doubt at all about whether you were on company business, I would very strongly recommend that you see a lawyer of your own.  You can find one at http://attorneypages.com

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Both you and the company could be sued. You could be liable yourself if you were not on the job at the time of the accident.

 


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