2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Petrol station operators cannot be held liable for errors made by customers. It looks different when a gas station attendant is employed.
If a fuel customer does not properly hang a fuel nozzle back and therefore hits the next customer on the car, the fuel station operator does not have to pay for the damage. He is only liable if he is at fault. The traffic lawyers of the German Lawyers' Association (DAV) refer to a corresponding decision by the Limburg Regional Court (Az.: 3 S 159/11). Basically, a petrol station operator must do everything to ensure that its customers are not harmed. However, this traffic safety obligation should not be overstretched.
Gas station attendant responsible for processes
In that case, a customer drove up to a gas pump and filled up with premium gasoline. The nozzle for diesel fell against his car and scratched the paint. The petrol station operator was not held responsible for this. Things would have looked different if the operator had employed a gas station attendant: In such cases, he would have to be liable for his misconduct, explains the DAV.