If you like sandwiches quickly delivered to your door, chances are that you have heard of Jimmy John’s and its famous slogan “freaky fast delivery.” Although the delivery service may not always be so fast, it may be a thing of the past because of the potential danger it poses to pedestrians and other drivers.
The sandwich-making franchise is being sued in West Virginia after a pedestrian was killed by a delivery driver. According to a report by the Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, a man from Morgantown was walking his dog near his home when he was struck by a Jimmy John’s driver.
The man’s daughter has brought a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the sandwich maker encourages unsafe driving practices in order to meet delivery times. It is reported that the driver was paying attention to a delivery timer placed in his vehicle just before the crash.
While it remains to be seen whether Jimmy John’s will be held liable for the crash, the case is a cautionary tale for pizza delivery drivers, limousine drivers and drivers of commercial vehicles in the D.C. metro area that they have a continuing duty to drive at safe speeds and to look out for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road. If they fail to do so (and a pedestrian is injured) the driver (and the respective company) could be held responsible. This would enable an injured party to seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and income, as well as medical expenses stemming from the accident.
Source: Post-gazette.com “Jimmy John’s sued in pedestrian’s death,” Richard Webner, Feb. 5, 2014