Driving the company car sure has its perks. The gas and maintenance are all taken care off and you don't have to worry about any minor repairs or wear and tear. Under normal circumstances, this is a good deal.
Complications may arise in the case of a car accident. Would the company or the insurance agency of the employer pay for the damages if you have a car accident in a company vehicle? This question is answered in the light of many facts. If the employee was acting within the scope of his or her job duty while the accident took place, then it might be possible that the company pays for the damages.
Vicarious liability is when an employer can be held accountable for the action or non-action of his or her employees, given that it can be proved that the incident took place in the scope of the employment. For example, if a delivery truck driver gets in an accident while working and as a result, people are injured, under vicarious liability the employer might be accountable for the damages.
>If you get in a car accident in a company owned vehicle after business work-hours, chances are you will be held liable not your employer. So the next time you think about going for personal errands, think twice. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident in a company owned vehicle, you might want to consider hiring a lawyer to discuss all your options. If you have been a victim of someone else's negligence, you may be able to get compensation if your claim is valid.