Unfortunately, car accidents can occur at any time. You may have a good idea of what to do when you find yourself involved in one. But what if the accident involved a company vehicle? While many of the steps are the same, there are a few additional things to know. Here’s what to do for the best outcome.
What to Do First
Immediately after any car accident, you should call 9-1-1-. Emergency services will send police out to the location of the accident as well as an ambulance if needed. Once police get to the scene of the accident they will take photos, speak to witnesses, and assess the situation. They will also put together an accident report, which can help your case later on. After an accident, you should also notify your insurance company about the accident and take photos and video of the condition of the vehicles, road, injuries, and anything else relevant that you can capture. If you are injured you should definitely seek medical attention. It’s often a good idea to get checked out, as many injuries remain “invisible” even days or weeks after the accident.
Modified Comparative Negligence
Texas follows what is known as a modified comparative negligence statute. Put simply, in determining liability you will consider the proportion of responsibility of all parties involved. While only one person may be liable, multiple people may also be. Additionally, the city may be responsible for any conditions that contributed to the accident, such as an obscured stop sign. You may be able to claim damages for the amount of responsibility that was not your fault.
Was the Driver Who Hit You “On the Clock?”
When the driver who hit you was driving a company car, it’s also important to know whether or not he or she was using the vehicle for business at the time of the accident. For instance, if the driver was driving the company vehicle after work hours or for personal use, their company can’t be held liable – unless, of course, the accident was the result of poor maintenance or mechanical issues. If the driver was working at the time of the accident, it’s likely that their employer’s auto insurance policy and their workers’ compensation insurance will be activated.
If they or their employer lack the proper insurance coverage to pay for your medical bills and damages, you may still have other options. It’s important to speak with a qualified attorney.
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in an Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that an accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!