John Stokely is a sales executive for AAA Auto Dealers, a local automobile dealership. He often drives to the manufacturing facility, which is 150 miles from the dealership, to check on new orders. Johnâ??s employer reimburses him for gasoline, food, and lodging, and provides John with a dealer car to drive. While driving to the manufacturing plant, John decided to stop by his cousinâ??s house for dinner. His boss accompanied him on the visit â??to get a decent meal for a change.â? While on the way there, John collided with and injured a motorcyclist. Is AAA Auto Dealers liable for Johnâ??s negligence?
Research the legal issues surrounding vicarious liability of employers and respondeat superior. You should also research the coming and going rule along with frolic and detour rules for vicarious liability.
Reference both primary sources and secondary sources in your research. Examples of primary sources include cases, statutes, constitutional provisions, and regulations. Examples of secondary sources including law reviews and journals, treatises, Restatements, dictionaries, and the Restatement of Torts.
Part One: Research Log
For Part One of the assignment, answer the questions below about the research you conducted.
What primary sources did you use?
What secondary sources did your use?
What search terms did you use for each search?
What search method did you use (Terms & Connectors, Natural Language, and/or Easy Search)?
Part Two: Analysis