Yes. An employer could possibly be liable when its employee was negligent and caused the car accident. If the vehicle was owned by a corporate entity, the company might be held responsible for injuries sustained by people in a collision with the vehicle. Similarly, if a company employee was ‘on the job’ an employer may be responsible for the acts of their employees— even if the car was owned by the employee, under the common law doctrine of respondeat superior. Pyne v. Witmer, 129 Ill.2d 351, 359 (1989). For the employer to be liable, the employee must have acted negligently (or wilfully and wantonly), and acted in the scope of their employment during the time of the negligence. Bates v. Doria, 150 Ill. App. 3d 1025, 502 N.E.2d 454, 1986 Ill. App. LEXIS 3276, 104 Ill. Dec. 191 (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. 1986).
The significance of a corporate entity’s involvement in a motor vehicle accident can substantially alter the value of a case. Unlike individual insurance policies, which may have limited coverage amounts, most corporate insurance policies are substantial and usually include several layers of coverage, which could theoretically be used to compensate an injured person or group.
In order to determine if a corporate entity is responsible for an accident, it is important to have your case evaluated by an attorney who has an understanding of the laws applicable to employers in the state of Illinois.
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