Typically, if one driver is negligent and causes an accident, that person will be liable for damages. However, in certain situations, there may be other parties that can be held accountable for a driver's negligence.
An employer may be held responsible for an employee driving a car within the scope of their employment. For example, if an employee driving a company car runs a red light and hits another car, the employer can be found responsible for the damages caused by the employee. This rule does not apply, however, for employees using the company car for errands outside of work, particularly if they did not have their employer's permission.
Additionally, if a person lends their car to someone and that person causes an accident, both the car owner and the car driver can be held liable for damages. Likewise, if a person lends a car to a person known to be a reckless driver, such as a person who is intoxicated, inexperienced behind the wheel, unlicensed or underage, elderly, sick or in any condition that renders them incapable of properly operating a car, then the car owner can be responsible for any damages. For these same reasons, parents who let their children use the family car may be held responsible for damages caused in an accident.
Product liability lawsuits can be brought against the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or defective vehicle parts. Also, the negligent construction or design of a road can lead to accidents and any party in connection with those may be held liable for damages.
Car accident injuries can lead to heavy financial burdens. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, loss of earning, and future loss of earnings. In the event that a death has occurred as a result of the automobile accident, you can file a wrongful death suit. It is important to know all parties who can be held liable for your Chicago car accident in order to receive the compensation you deserve.