If I was in a accident involving 5 vehicles and was driving a company van, even though it was a company vehicle, should I notify my personal insurance and/or hire my own attorney?

At the hospital I was cited for the accident failure to use due care. I am fighting this citation but am now receiving letters from attorneys about the accident. I worried that I will be sued personally.

Asked on September 13, 2015 under Accident Law, Florida

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You don't need to notify your personal insurance or hire an attorney because the company is liable for the accident since it is the registered owner of the vehicle you were driving.
If the case is not settled with the company's auto insurance carrier, both you and the company will be named as defendants in a lawsuit for negligence filed by the owners of the five vehicles or less than the five vehicle owners if the case settled with some or any of them.  The company will be primarily liable because it is the registered owner of the vehicle. The company's auto insurance carrier should provide you and the company with an attorney at no cost.


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