Who can be held liable for my Texas car accident?

November 18, 2009

In some cases, it is not only the driver of the motor vehicle that caused the car accident that can be held liable for your damages. If the driver who caused your accident was an employee acting within their capacity as an employee, you may be able to bring legal action against the employer of the driver.

This legal theory is known as vicarious liability. Note that vicarious liability only applies if the individual was acting during the course and scope of their normal activities in service to their employer.

In addition to employers, there are times when it is possible to hold the owner of a vehicle accountable for a car accident, even if the owner was not driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Under Texas law, the owner of a vehicle is responsible for damages caused by the driver if the owner knew or should have known that the driver was reckless, incompetent or inexperienced. This legal theory is referred to as liability for negligent entrustment.

An experienced lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case and help you determine who is responsible for your damages and injuries. To receive free legal advice about your potential personal injury or car accident lawsuit, contact the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati today. You can email us, or phone us toll-free at 1.866.705.7584.

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