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Sandwich chain faces lawsuit following deadly car accident

Distracted drivers are the cause of many accidents on the road. West Virginia drivers who divide their attention between driving and doing anything else risk their own lives and the lives of everyone else on the road. Whether the person is texting and driving, eating and driving or doing anything else that diverts their attention from the road, they could be making a fatal choice.

In a recent case, a family has filed a lawsuit against the Jimmy John's sandwich chain due to a deadly car accident that they allege was caused by the company's driver. The accident occurred when a man was walking his dog in Morgantown, W.Va. The man died from the car accident and his daughter filed a lawsuit on her father's behalf.

As the man was crossing the street near his home, a Jimmy John's delivery driver struck the man with his car. A police report indicated that the driver was checking the clock at the time of the accident. Moreover, two eyewitnesses allegedly said that they saw the delivery driver going fast.

The daughter's lawsuit alleges that not only did the driver cause the accident, but so too did the Jimmy John's company itself. The complaint argues that the sandwich company's advertising campaign, which touts its "freaky fast" food delivery, causes the Jimmy John's drivers to speed and drive irresponsibly to meet their delivery deadlines.

In cases like this, where multiple parties may be responsible for a deadly car accident, West Virginia law allows the victim or their family to seek compensation from all of those parties who may have caused the accident. Car accident victims should research all of their legal possibilities before deciding what to do about their case.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Jimmy John's sued in pedestrian's death," Richard Webner, Feb. 5, 2014

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