Is a school liable for accidents when college athletes drive to games and practices?

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Is a school liable for accidents when college athletes drive to games and practices?

Is there an actual law or legislation that prohibits colleges and universities from allowing student athletes to drive from their homes or from school to games and practices. I know that the school is liable for employees driving their private vehicles for work purposes but I cannot find anything on non-employees like student athletes.

Asked on January 23, 2017 under Personal Injury, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, the school would not be liable for the accidents caused by college athletes or in which they get. The liability you refer to in regards to employees comes about because of the doctrine of "respondeat superior": an employer is liable for the harm its employees negligently, or carelessly, cause in the course of employment. But athletes are not employees, and so that doctrine (and basis for liability) do not apply.

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