My auto was hit in the employee parking lot by my employers bus. Can I sue for damagers?

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My auto was hit in the employee parking lot by my employers bus. Can I sue for damagers?

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Asked on August 23, 2017 under Accident Law, Florida

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If it was hit by a bus owned by the employer or driven by one of their employees, yes, you can sue the employer: a vehicle owner (or lessee) is liable for accidents involving their vehicle; an employer is liable for the careless acts of its employees. (You could also sue the driver personally, who would be liable because of his or her own carelessness.)
It is necessary that the bus was driven carelessly or negligently, however, for there to be fault and therefore liability. If the driver was at fault, he/she and the employer would be liable. If your car was parked at the time, the driver was at fault: it is negligent, or unreasonably careless, to hit a stationary object or vehicle.


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