Commercial-Traveler Rule Law and Legal Definition

Commercial traveler rule refers to a legal principle stating that an accident will be treated as occurring during the course of employment if it was caused by an employee whose job requires travel. Any trip associated with the employee's work is sufficient to permit an award of workers' compensation benefits. It is generally applicable only to those cases where an employee's traveling was part of the employee's work. This means that the traveling must be a part of the service to be performed by the employee for the employer, such as a traveling salesman. [Randolph v. Budget Rent-A-Car, 97 F.3d 319, 328 (9th Cir. Cal. 1996)].