Texas Supreme Court: Employee Personal Errands do not Create Employer Liability
On December 30, 2022 the Texas Supreme Court issed an opinion in Cameron v Martinez, a case in which an employee was involved in a multi-fatality car crash while employed by an oil well service company. At the time of the crash the employee was traveling to purchase groceries, water and fuel while on standby for a potential job assignment. The court analyzed the "special mission" rule that might create vicarious liability on the part of the employer. The court concluded that the employee was running a "personal errand" to retrieve the target materials and therefor there was no exception applicable to the coming-and-going rule of non-liability for an employer when the employee is coming to or leaving work.
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