Car accident while being at work

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  1. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    Do you know what is going to happen to the employee who had an auto accident at work? Let's say he / she lost control of his / her company vehicle with collateral damages to guard rails and another passing car. The company's insurance will cover something; but, is there a personal out-of-pocket expense for that employee?
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Possibly, or said employee could be terminated.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    if your company has policies regarding seat belt usage, speeds of vehicles and other things, he/she could get fired for them if they broke them

    i know of a manager who was working with a company for 20 some years who was canned for not wearing a seatbelt when he had a accidnet in a company trcuk
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Some companies may even hold the driver responsible for the damages.
     
  5. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    The place where i currently work has policies in place for the company cars.

    1. If you get a speeding fine - That comes out of your pocket
    2. Your not allowed to use the cars for non work related activities.
     
  6. YS2003 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Let's just say those basic rules were not broken. How about the simple traffic accident? A slippery road in a snowy or rainy day. Unintentional steering error. Something in that line.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    All depends on what the police report comes back with most likely.

    A ticket with points leading to injuries or an accident could shift a chunk of costs onto the employee, all depends on the company.

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    Expect that employee to have a private investigator run their entire life and pull a complete accounting of property owned and bank account balances.

    Pulling a record of the amount of change in your pockets is typical these days, and is generally a step in deciding whether or not to file a civil case against you.

    Though chances of being named as a co-defendant in a case against the employer is probably likely anyhow if the person in the other car hears a cash register go into overdrive with this accident.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    There's no one answer. Each company can set its own policy regarding that. Some companies might just chalk one accident up to "sh*t happens" and you'll never hear about it again, some might fire you and make you pay for the repairs.
     
  9. Surely Guest

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  10. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    depends
    did you break a company policy, then yes maybe
    but typically if you were in a company car, or doing company business, or on the way to company business then this should fall under respondeat superior with the company being liablehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respondeat_superior
     
  11. sdsvtdriver macrumors 65816

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    you will be ridiculed by co-workers for the rest of your employment
     

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