Ordering a pizza for delivery is something that most people do without a second thought. In most cases, the pizzeria will give an estimated time for delivery. Once the pizza is made, it is up to the delivery driver to make sure that the pizza makes it to your door within the expected time frame. In some cases, trying to hurry up to meet that delivery window can make drivers do things they wouldn't normally do. For one Texas couple, a delivery driver rushing to make a delivery ended up causing a horrific accident.
The delivery driver for Domino's Pizza was trying to make sure he met an internal rule that allotted 30 minutes for pizza delivery. He allegedly crossed the center lane on S. Major Drive in Beaumont on Aug. 11, 2012. When that occurred, he hit another vehicle head-on. The occupants of that vehicle suffered significant injuries. The 65-year-old wife died the day after the accident. The 70-year-old husband survived, but suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in no positive cognitive function.
The wrongful death and personal injury trial went before a jury. The jury issued a $32,154,506 verdict against Domino's Pizza. The damages awarded include damages for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, mental anguish, impairment and disfigurement, and medical expenses. No punitive damages were awarded.
This wrongful death and personal injury verdict was one of the top verdicts of last year. It was ranked within the top five for Texas and number 60 nationally.
Anyone who has lost a loved one might have the right to seek compensation for their loss. Understanding how to seek compensation can make the process easier.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Jefferson County jury’s $32M judgment against Domino’s makes list of top verdicts" Marilyn Tennissen, Mar. 25, 2014