When companies send their employees out driving for work on the roads in Quincy or anywhere else in Massachusetts, they are taking on the responsibility for any negligent acts committed while those employees are driving for work. In some cases, this may include liability for injuries or even fatalities when car accidents result from employee negligence behind the wheel.
Last fall, in a community just south of Quincy, a Comcast employee was driving a truck when, police say, he struck a 4-year-old girl who reportedly ran out into the street. The accident proved fatal for the young girl; her grandmother also went into shock and had to be taken to the hospital. The truck driver did not try to flee the scene and cooperated with authorities. With the accident investigation now complete, he is facing serious criminal charges in the death of the child.
It is important that authorities prosecute negligent drivers. Criminal sentences can provide some sense of justice and act as a deterrent to others. However, for the family of the deceased, there is the additional possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of civil action can help bring a measure of compensation for expenses incurred along with the accident and the loss of life. When the driver was an employee working at the time, the employer may be held liable.
Compensation obtained in this way can never replace what has been lost, but it can help protect a family during the grieving process. A legal professional can help review the details of an accident and discuss who may potentially bear liability.
Source: NBC Boston, “Comcast Driver Faces Charges in Death of 4-Year-Old Girl,” Eli Maroney, Feb. 23, 2018