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Recently an employee feel asleep at the wheel during his shift. Can the company hold him responsible for damages?

Bakersfield, CA |

Is there some sort of disclaimer I can have the employees sign stating in the event of negligence he or she will be held responsible to damages caused to company vehicles?

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Yes the company would be responsible and there is not way to get a release on this issue.



Is there a way to include a disclaimer regarding such issues as a condition of employment or require drivers of company vehicles to carry personal insurance for such issues?


Yes the company will be held liable unless the employee acted outside the course and scope of his employmend and/or he was not using the vehicle in a way permitted by his employer.


No. As an employer, you are responsible for the torts of your employees while in the course and scope of their employment.

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No, bump up your limits. If an employee seriously injures someone, it could bankrupt your company if you don't have enough insurance. For example, many companies with tractor-trailers have umbrella policies up to 20m.

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