Driving while dialing: Set policy to limit car-phone liability

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Many companies have policies regarding telephone calls at work. But these policies often fall short of including the use of phones and other wireless devices for business while driving. Don't let this happen to you.

Failing to address so-called "driving while dialing" can result in costly liability for employers, and there's more legal evidence that juries will hold employers liable if accidents occur. The latest examples:

A $30 million claim was allowed to proceed against a law firm in the hit-and-run death of a teenager on a Virginia roadway. The driver, one of the firm's associates, was using her cell phone to make a business call when the accident occurred. The lawsuit accuses the law firm of encouraging cell-phone use for business yet failing to have an adequate safety policy. (Yoon v. Wagner, Cooley Godward LLC, Loudoun Co., Va. Cir., CV 2001)

Salomon Smith Barney paid $500,000 to settle a case in which a ...(register to read more)

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