Does the “premises liability law” include accidents caused by being on someone eles’s automobile? Or is there a premises law equivalent for autos?

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Does the “premises liability law” include accidents caused by being on someone eles’s automobile? Or is there a premises law equivalent for autos?

If a customer were to climb on the flatbed of a tow truck owned by someone else and then slip and fall breaking their neck, could the tow truck owner possibly be liable?

Asked on April 15, 2009 under Accident Law, Texas

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Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Anything is possible, but that's why you have (or I hope you have) liability insurance.

There are dozens of circumstances under which a lawyer for the guy with the broken neck could argue you should be liable. Among the possibilities are a story that you asked him to go on the truck, you didn't tell him not to, you didn't try to stop him, he was reasonably trying to help you, the truck was inherently unsafe, there was an oil spill or other defect on the truck you didn't warn him about, etc.

That doesn't mean I'd throw in the towel. You and your lawyer would have also have all sorts of defenses to liability.

It all depends not only on the facts and circumstances that actually occurred, but more importantly  on what the trier of the fact (usually a jury or judge) believes occurred.


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