Arizona has long adhered to “vicarious liability” for employers and their driving. In other words, somebody who is working for another company and is in the “course and scope” of their employment when they cause a car accident in Arizona not only create liability for themselves – the driver – but also for the company they are working for. We see this commonly where somebody runs a stop sign, runs a red light, or turns left in front of somebody else while they are working.
This is the type of simple negligence that would automatically make the driver responsible. However, Arizona, like many states, also makes the employer liable for the actions of their employee done while that person is still “on the clock.” Similarly, text messaging while driving – while the driver is working for somebody else – will not only create liability for the driver but will also create liability for their employer.
As a firm that does nothing but help people after they have suffered severe injuries due to car accidents or other personal injury situations, we strongly encourage the employers in Arizona to immediately implement a no texting and driving policy. In addition to the laws to that effect, the fear of losing one’s job may prevent people from sending those text messages which cause them to be distracted and lead to serious injury situations.
If you or anybody you know has been the victim of distracted driving and has suffered injury as a result, please do not hesitate to contact the skilled Phoenix auto accident injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. We will explain the rights that you have against the driver, any potential employer, and any other entity that may have caused or contributed to the injuries that you have suffered.