Author Topic: Liability  (Read 2799 times)

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Offline Fesette

« on: March 22, 2012, 07:27:18 pm »
I'm putting together a tour this year and have a question about liability.  Should I worry about being liable for the riders?  There is no profit involved for me.  My only interest is to find companions for this ride.  I've let the riders know that all expenses are to be shared by everyone.
Should I request that a disclaimer be signed by everyone not holding me responsible?

Offline adventurepdx

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Re: Liability
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 09:14:53 pm »
How many people are going? Are people paying you, i.e. are you acting as a "tour guide"?

I'm not that savvy to the areas of liability, but I think these two things are big factors for liability concerns.

Offline DaveB

Re: Liability
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 08:07:22 am »
I think a very strong disclaimer would be a good idea.  Even if this isn't a "business" venture and you are making no money from it, you could be accused of "inviting" the others to participate and are, therefore, responsible if something goes wrong and someone gets hurt.   

I look at it as if you invited them to a party in your home.  If someone tripped and fell down the stairs, you could be sued even if you weren't charging them for the party.
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Re: Liability
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012, 10:00:31 am »
If you are worried, try to find a general release of liability form on the internet or at a legal forms store, if such still exist. You might even find a good one contained in a charity or club century ride registration form. Tailor it to fit the specifics of your trip, addressing as many specific issues as possible.  Or you can pay me a couple hundred bucks and I will draft you one.  :)

Offline BrianW

Re: Liability
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 08:30:24 pm »
Do some research on the concept of "Common Adventure" or "Common Adventurer." This concept, popularized by university outing programs, some outdoor clubs, etc., basically says that "we're all in this together as an adventure," and that no one person is the leader. It is designed to address liability issues. I can't speak on how well it does, or does not, protect you, but it's worth looking at.