When an accident occurs, finding the liable party can be harder than a victim might expect. The initial assumption would be that the at-fault driver is responsible for the accident, but there may be more to it than that. If a third party contributed to the accident in some way, it might be possible for a victim to hold them liable for their accident.

In 2017, a Clearwater officer caused his fifth accident while on the job. One of the victims is suing, not the officer, but the police station that employed him for her damages. The victim claims that the station is liable for her damages for allowing a reckless driver to maintain his position as an officer, which led to the victim’s injuries.

When is a third-party liable?

The above situation is a prime example of when a third party may be liable for an accident. When an employer hires an employee, whether they are an officer or a trucker, the employer may be responsible for the driver’s reckless actions if they lead to an accident.

It is not just employers that may be liable. If the local government does not properly maintain roads and road signs, a victim from an accident resulting from that neglect might be able to sue the government successfully.

How do I determine liability?

It is not easy for a victim to determine liability on their own, much less earn compensation. When someone is looking to receive compensation for the injuries and damages of their accident, they should reach out to an attorney. Experienced personal injury attorneys know how to review the details of the accident, consult with relevant experts, and pursue justice from liable parties.

Holding liable parties accountable

The liability of injuries and damages from an accident does not always fall on the person immediately responsible. A third-party may be liable for the cost of an accident based on complicit actions or negligence.