Drunk Driving on the Clock: Can Employers Be Liable for Their Employee’s Drunk Driving Accidents?

Everyone knows that drunk driving can cause serious car accidents – including fatal accidents. It is clear that the person who got behind the wheel after drinking is the one at fault – but could their employer hold some blame too? The answer is: Maybe. Read on to learn more about the ins and outs of these situations. If you need a free legal consultation, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.

Employers Can Be Liable for Their Employee’s Actions in Very Specific Circumstances

Yes, there are situations in which an employer can be found liable for a drunk driving accident their employee is involved in. Put simply, if a driver is drunk while performing duties for their employment, then the employer can be at fault. A common example is a delivery driver who is drunk while delivering food for an employer. However, this is not the only situation in which the employer can be found liable.

Take this example: An employer has a party and serves alcohol to their employees. The employer could end up liable if the employee was acting within the scope of their job while at the party. Here’s another example: An employee is on a business trip and drinks and drives. If they cause an accident while working, their employer could be liable.

Your Attorney Will Investigate the Accident

In most cases, it is assumed that the driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol is at fault for the accident. That said, an investigation is necessary for several reasons, including the fact that there could be additional at-fault parties, including the person’s employer. When you work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we can also talk to experts in various fields to reconstruct the facts about the accident.

You May Be Able to Recover Compensation for a Variety of Damages

Any drunk driving accident can lead to serious injuries and costs. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Personal care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income – including future lost wages
  • Emotional suffering
  • Disability and impairment
  • Mental anguish
  • Other losses and expenses

Do not assume that an offer made by an insurance company is fair. They may work to get you to accept a settlement quickly because they do not want you to know what you are truly entitled to. Do not believe their tactics to rush the process. Have a personal injury attorney look at any settlement you are offered.

To get more information on your specific case and your options, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now and request a free legal consultation.