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Family of elderly couple wins lawsuit against Domino's Pizza

A Texas jury decided that Domino's Pizza is 60 percent responsible for a fatal accident caused by one of its employees. The delivery driver crashed into an elderly couple after he lost control of his vehicle, killing the woman and leaving her husband permanently disabled. The jury awarded the family $32 million because the company did not enforce its own policy requiring them to inspect their driver's vehicles.

The accident was reportedly caused by two factors: the condition of the tires on the Domino's driver's vehicle and excessive speed. According to reports, one of the tires had no tread. The driver was cited for speeding after the accident. Although the location the driver worked for was a Domino's franchise, the corporation was held liable because they did not enforce their vehicle inspection policy with their franchisees.

The attorney for the couple's family explained that some of Domino's policies, including offering incentives and bonuses for fast delivery, are unsafe. A representative for Domino's Pizza said that the corporation cannot control the day-to-day operations of its franchisees and they will appeal the court's decision.

When the policies of a corporation cause or contribute to harm of other people, victims and their families sometimes use the legal system to hold the corporation responsible for their part in the tragedy. A lawyer who has experience filing wrongful death lawsuits may be able to help a family get a suitable settlement from the company that is responsible for their loss. A lawsuit or settlement may encourage a company to change their policies to keep their customers and the general public safe.

Source: NBC DFW, "Texas Family Awarded $32M in Deadly Domino's Delivery Crash", Juan A. Lozano , August 30, 2013

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