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Q&A: Driver Liability

Who is liable when church volunteers drive for church events?

Q&A: Driver Liability

Who is liable if church volunteers are using their own private vehicle to transport kids to and from Bible Study each week?

In most cases when there is a vehicle accident there are liability issues for both the volunteer driver and the church or organization for which they were driving. Liability is not a pre-determined formula, but depends on the legal examination and determination of what happened and who is found to be negligent or at fault.

When a young person is under the care or supervision of a church volunteer, that volunteer has the responsibility to make decisions about safety and to avoid danger as a reasonable and prudent person would do. An important consideration in establishing negligence is whether the accident was caused by conditions that were foreseeable and could have been avoided by taking necessary precautions.

Volunteer drivers and local church/youth organizations can ...

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  • October 27, 2009

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