Fender bender gets Kia salesperson in trouble

Employee damaged three cars on the lot while moving them
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at an employee of a car dealership who damaged three cars while he was working.

Ross Hilton, 25, worked at Kia West, a dealership in Edmonton. Hilton was a student and his position as a salesperson was a summer job to get sales experience and make money between terms at school. Part of his job involved moving cars around when Kia rearranged the lot. As a result, he was required to have a drivers licence and Kia informed him and all of its employees that they must obey traffic laws when moving cars on the lot. Kia testified it was company practice that if an employee caused an accident through negligence, the employee was responsible for the deductible under its insurance policy.

On July 7, 2006, Hilton was moving a car in the lot. The car accelerated suddenly in reverse and crashed into two others. Hilton claimed his feet slipped off the pedals when he looked around to back up and hit the accelerator accidentally. Two co-workers claimed he was acting inappropriately and shouting at someone as he climbed into the car.