One of the drawbacks of using cell phones for work is that employees often use them while driving. When drivers are involved in accidents that result in litigation, cell phone use often becomes a matter of liability.
Employers who issue cell phones to workers or who have employees who might make a work-related cell phone call while driving on the job, are at risk of being dragged into a lawsuit and exposure to punitive damages that are not covered by any insurance policy.
Employers who want to limit their potential liability can implement written cell phone policies that forbid the use of cell phones while driving for work-related purposes. The employee’s negligent driving should be covered by insurance, and the employer is protected from an uncovered claim for punitive damages, says Attorney Michelle Blackwell of Blackwell Law..
For more information, read the article: “A Bad Cellular Connection—Employee Work-related Cell Phone Usage During an Accident Can Create Employer Vicarious Liability“.
For advice on crafting a cell phone policy at your place of business, contact Blackwell Law.