Can You Sue an Employer for the Employee's Negligence in a Car Accident?

Yes, you can sue an employer or a company for the employee's negligence in a car accident. If you were hit by a car driven by an employee within the scope of employment, you could sue the employer or company. If the vehicle was not driven within the scope of employment, you could still sue under the negligent entrustment theory.

According to the respondeat superior theory, employers and companies can be held responsible for the actions of an employee as long as the activities take place within the scope of employment. Meaning that if you have been hit by a company car driven by an employee, you can sue the company for damages.

If an employee is driving a company car for personal purposes at the time of the accident, the company can still be held responsible, as they should have acted more carefully when allowing someone to drive their vehicle. The cause of action is known as the negligent entrustment theory.

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