When Is an Employer Liable in a Car Accident Case in Pennsylvania?

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
July 27, 2021

When Is an Employer Liable in a Car Accident Case in Pennsylvania?Getting into a car accident is something no one wants to experience, and yet about 16,500 car accidents occur per day. The lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford know that the damages caused by accidents can lead to long, drawn-out battles as the injured driver attempts to build a claim. 

To make matters worse, if an employer was involved or the driver was in a company vehicle at the time of the crash, it can be challenging to determine where the liability lies. It can be difficult to determine when an employer would be considered liable for the accident in cases like this. 

Why Would an Employer Be Held Liable in an Accident?

You may be wondering how an employer could end up being fully liable for a car accident, especially if they were not physically present. The following are some instances in which an employer may be held liable for a car accident involving one of their employees. 

Employer Negligence

If an employer’s negligence is linked to the cause of an accident in which their employee was injured, they may be found liable. The employer has a legal responsibility to provide adequately safe conditions for their employees when they are required to use a motor vehicle for work. Some examples of employer negligence are:

  • Not providing a safe and reliable employee vehicle
  • Hiring a driver without doing a proper background check
  • Hiring an employee for a job that involves driving without making sure they have the proper licensing

Lack of Proper Supervision

Employers legally must ensure that any transport vehicles are up to date and thoroughly supervised to ensure they are safe and reliable for the employees to drive. Suppose it is found that a vehicle under the employer’s supervision was not in good condition resulting in an accident. In that case, it is possible that the employer may be found liable for any injuries incurred by the drivers. 

Understanding Vicarious Liability in an Accident Case

The law states that vicarious liability is liability bestowed upon a supervisory party like an employer for the actionable conduct of an associate or subordinate based on the relationship between both parties. 

An experienced lawyer, like those at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, will know when this type of liability can be filed regardless of the nature of the incident that occurred. It should be noted that there are cases where this liability can not be applied. One example is if it is found that the accident was caused by the employee’s actions and had nothing to do with the employer at all. 

Southeastern Pennsylvania Injury Attorneys Can Help You

If you are the victim of a crash and believe your employer could be to blame, you will need a talented injury lawyer like those at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford to help build your claim. With over 65 years of experience servicing the Southeastern Pennsylvania area, we provide dedicated care to each case we take on. 

When you need help determining whether your employer may have been liable for an accident you suffered damages from, turn to the award-winning lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford. For a free consultation, contact us here or call 215-822-7575

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
July 27, 2021
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