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What If I’m Hurt in a Texas Car Accident While on the Clock?

Our Houston auto accident attorneys at the Hollingsworth Law Firm know that if you are hurt in a Texas crash while on the clock, meaning you were performing job-related duties when the accident occurred. Pursuing a claim for your accident and injuries may differ based on your role and who was liable for the crash, and your employer may be at the top of the list. Here’s why.

What If I’m Hurt in a Auto Accident While on the Clock

When is My Employer Liable if I Am Hurt in a Car Accident in Texas?

Your employer may be liable for your injuries resulting from a car crash in Texas under certain circumstances. The primary factors determining employer liability include whether you acted within the scope of your employment at the time of the accident and if your employer was negligent.

Your employer might be liable if:

  • You performed work-related tasks, such as making deliveries, attending meetings, or running errands for your employer; your employer could be liable.
  • You are traveling for work purposes, such as to a conference or to meet clients; your employer may be responsible for any accidents.
  • You were commuting to or from work in a company-provided vehicle, your employer might be liable, especially if using the car was part of your job duties.
  • You were running a special errand for your employer during your commute; this might fall within the scope of employment.
  • The accident was caused by a mechanical failure or poor maintenance of a company-owned vehicle; the employer could be liable for failing to maintain the car properly.
  • Your employer requires or allows you to violate regulations, such as driving beyond legal hours or ignoring safety protocols; they could be held responsible.

Understanding the circumstances of your accident and consulting with legal professionals can help you navigate the complexities of a crash and whether it falls under workers’ compensation or a personal injury claim to ensure you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries and losses.

Should I Pursue a Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury Claim After a Work-Related Crash with Injuries in Texas?

Workers’ compensation typically covers injuries sustained while performing work-related duties, regardless of fault, and can cover medical expenses, a portion of lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning you do not have to prove employer negligence to receive benefits. Accepting workers’ compensation benefits generally means you cannot sue your employer for additional damages related to the accident.

However, not all Texas companies carry workers’ compensation.

If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation, under the legal doctrine of “respondeat superior,” an employer can be held liable for the actions of their employees if they occur within the scope of employment through a personal injury claim. We can help.

Contact Our Houston Car Accident Attorney Today

If you have been injured in a Texas car accident while on the clock, contact our dedicated Houston auto accident attorneys at the Hollingsworth Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. Call 713-637-4560 or contact us online.

Our skilled bilingual personal injury lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.

If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.

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