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Fast lane to legal liability: Require employees to use their cars for work

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Do you sometimes require em­­ployees to use their personal cars during the workday for job-related tasks like going on appointments, making banking runs or other errands?

You’re risking liability if the em­­ployee is in an accident and a jury decides he was negligent.

Recent case: As he pulled out of his employer’s driveway in Rancho Cucamonga, Luis never noticed the fast-approaching San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle, even though its lights were flashing and its siren was blaring. The resulting crash killed a deputy sheriff, whose widow and children sued both Luis and his employer, Tamco Steel, for wrongful death.

Their legal theory: That while Luis had been negligent, Tamco was also liable because Luis was acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the accident.

In court, Luis testified that Tamco required him to have his car at work so he could visit customers for service calls.

Tamco argued t...(register to read more)

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