Negligent entrustment can quickly damage your business finances and prevent you from being able to push your business to further success in the future. This is because you may have to pay out a lot of money for legal fees and compensation to the injured party. If you are concerned about the possibility of negligent entrustment harming your business or its finances, for example, if you own a fleet of vehicles and if your employees are not always under constant supervision, here are some of the key steps that you can take to prevent your company from getting sued.
Before negligent entrustment occurs within your business, there are many measures that you can take to stop it from becoming an issue for your company without completely taking away the responsibility of your employees. For instance, you might decide to provide better training to your drivers to make sure that they know exactly what they need to do. This will mean that they are not negligent simply because they do not know your rules and regulations in-depth and that they do not take actions that are outside of your company’s policies. To learn more about how to protect against negligent entrustment, Envue Telematics has created a blog post that takes you through some of the most important steps that you can take.
If negligent entrustment occurs within your business, you need to make sure that you are ready for it. If a case of negligent entrustment happens, the first step that you should take is to hire a lawyer. They will be able to take you through the fine points of the law in terms of negligent entrustment and help you to understand what you may be liable for and how this may affect your company. They will also be able to help you to come to a conclusion about whether the injured party will be able to sue you or not. Although you might be able to settle the case outside the court, if the case does go to court, a lawyer will be able to defend you and ensure that the case is resolved in a way that does not destroy your business and its finances.
The injured party must be able to prove that you knew that the driver of your vehicle was reckless and unfit to be driving the vehicle in question through actual or constructive evidence. For instance, you may be sued if you hired someone that was too young or inexperienced to be driving the vehicle in question, or if their inability to perform their job well was well-known to either you or others in your workplace.
Stopping negligent entrustment from harming your business entirely is not always possible. However, it is possible to minimize the risk of this. Then, by following this guide, you will soon be able to reduce the possibility of being sued by an injured party due to negligence by one of your employees and ensure that your business can recover from this quickly.