We’ve all seen the bumper sticker that says, “How’s My Driving?” In many cases, the drivers of these business vehicles are flat-out dangerous. The hazard is especially great when the employees are driving large trucks or delivery vans. A pizza delivery truck recently struck a pedestrian in Jacksonville and caused life-threatening injuries.
When an employee causes an accident while driving a business vehicle, the employer may be liable for the consequences. Florida imposes vicarious liability on vehicle owners for the actions of a driver who is using the vehicle with permission. When an employer directs or allows an employee to use a vehicle, the employer is liable for any harm that ensues. This is an important safeguard for injury victims, because the company that owns the vehicle typically has greater financial resources than the employee who caused the accident.
After a crash with a business vehicle, the employer may liable for a wide range of damages. This typically includes compensatory damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages and property losses. In some egregious cases, the employer may also be liable for punitive damages. Punitive damages may be awarded when the following criteria are met:
- The employee acted with malice or wanton and willful recklessness.
- The employer knowingly caused, participated in, condoned or engaged in malicious or reckless conduct that contributed to the loss or injury
If you’ve been injured in a crash with a business vehicle, contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney today. A dedicated lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.