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Provost-Umphrey wins $32 million lawsuit against Dominos
Beaumont, TX, August 29, 2013 - From Provost-Umphrey
A Beaumont, Texas jury has determined the negligence of Dominos Pizza resulted in a deadly car accident caused by a pizza delivery driver. On August 11, 2012 a Dominos delivery driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a car carrying Devavaram and Ruth Christopher of Beaumont. Ruth Christopher died the following morning and Devavaram was left with a permanent traumatic brain injury.
The cause of the accident was later determined to be the defective, worn tires on the delivery vehicle, one of which was without any tread. The delivery driver, rushing to meet Dominos Pizzas internal 30-minute delivery rule, was also cited for Failure to Control Speed. Ruth Christopher was 65 years old and Devavaram Christopher is now 70. The couple had spent the last 20 years of their life serving as Christian missionaries.
We learned that Dominos has a very broad, undefined corporate policy that delivery drivers vehicles should be inspected, says Provost Umphrey attorney Chip Ferguson. However, Dominos does not enforce this policy with their franchises, and that led to the accident that took the life of Ruth Christopher and permanently disabled Devavaram Christopher. We also learned that Dominos enforces a tragically unsafe delivery method by providing bonuses and other incentives for fast delivery.
Chip Ferguson and Larry Hunter of Provost Umphrey represented the Christopher family. The $32 million awarded is strictly actual damages, with no punitive damages included. It is believed to be one of, if not the, largest actual damages verdict ever returned against Dominos Pizza.
For more than forty years, Provost Umphreys mission has remained to seek justice for those suffering from a personal injury, wrongful death or other legal wrong across Texas and nationwide through their lawyers in Beaumont and Houston, Little Rock, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee.