Who is responsible for a vehicle breakdown while using it for work?

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Who is responsible for a vehicle breakdown while using it for work?

I had just had my transmission fixed. While working for my employer, he asked me to use my personal vehicle. I agreed as long as I didn’t have to haul anything

heavy. However, he had me hauling backhoes and other big equipment to jobs sites. Is he responsible for my vehicle?

Asked on June 12, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, he is not liable for the damage. You voluntarily chose to use your vehicle in the law's eyes: in our country, employment is "employment at will" which means, among other things, that if an employee doesn't like what his employer wants him to do, he has the right to--and is expected--to quit. By not quitting and agreeing to use your vehicle, you agreed to use it: you agreed to use it so as to keep your job and your wages/salary. Having agreed to use your car, you cannot hold someone else (your employer) liable for the damage.


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