Is an employee liable for damages done to a company vehicle?

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Is an employee liable for damages done to a company vehicle?

Was a CDL driver, driving a log trailer. My employer has sued me for damages that occurred while driving company truck. Can they hold me liable for damages that occurred during routine operations?

Asked on January 11, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The issue is whether you were at fault in some way or not. If you were not at fault--e.g. you were driving safely and someone else hit you--you would not be liable. However, if you were negligent (for example, driving carelessly) or intentionally damaged the vehicle, then you would likely be liable. In this way, it's not dissimilar to being sued by any person for an auto accident--to the extent you are at fault, you can be held liable.


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