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Employers Liable for Workers Who Text and Drive

Cellphone-related car crash rates continue to rise, and so does employer liability for workers who chat and drive on the job. Courts will hold employers liable for workers who text and drive also.

“The National Safety Council estimates that about 1.2 million car crashes each year involve drivers talking or texting on cellphones, a statistic that also means a greater number of lawsuits aimed at corporations that allow employees to talk or text while behind the wheel, the Washington Post reports.”

Jurors and Judges are more sympathetic to injured Plaintiffs who have injuries caused by cellphone-distracted drivers, and are awarding payouts in the millions for injuries—$21.6 million in one case. Employers should consider bans on talking or texting when driving, whether employees are operating a company vehicle or making business related calls while driving a private vehicle.

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