Are Employers Liable for Employees’ Distracted Driving ?

Distracted driving” is a buzzword heard quite frequently. Although drivers can be sidetracked by a number of things behind the wheel—engaging with passengers, eating, shaving, applying makeup, operating stereo equipment and even daydreaming—distraction due to cell phone use is one of the most common diversions and can land employers in hot water. Understanding the Legal Implications Although no law exists that specifically holds employers liable for an employee’s distracted driving, under the doctrine of “respondeat superior” employers can be found liable for the conduct of employees where the fact finder determines that the conduct occurred during the regular course...

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