When most people think of a personal lawsuit related to a car accident, they think of suing another West Virginia resident who caused the collision. Did you, though, that in some situations you can sue a company or even the government? While we have discussed this before as it relates to truck accidents, it can work similarly for car accidents. If a negligent driver was on the job when the crash occurred, a victim may be able to seek compensation from his or her employer. That is exactly what one West Virginia man decided to do in response to an accident that left him seriously injured.
Almost two years ago, a Putnam County man was hit by a West Virginia State Trooper. The man said that the crash caused him to lose control of his vehicle, sending it off the road and causing it to collide with an electric pole. Now, he is suing the West Virginia State Police.
The man said he suffered multiple injuries in the accident including a permanent back injury and several broken ribs. He added that the collision also caused mental pain and suffering along with a loss of enjoyment of life. According to the West Virginia Record, he is hoping to obtain compensatory damages for diminished earning capacity and medical bills among other damages.
While we do not yet know what the outcome of this case will be, it shows clearly that a driver is not the only person who can be held responsible for a car accident. Employers, including the police, are responsible for hiring people who are responsible drivers. If a driver is negligent and injures another person, his or her employer can be held liable.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Man sues State Police for car accident injuries," Kyla Asbury, May 2, 2013