Comcast’s Policies Investigated After Motorcycle Fatality
When you think of a vehicle accident, you likely think of two individual drivers exchanging information on the side of the road, and if necessary, hiring attorneys to investigate the circumstances of the accidents and the history of the other driver. However, when the other driver is an employee of a large company, the situation becomes more complex. When your attorney looks into the matter, investigation can reveal that the company, too, was partially or even mostly responsible for the incident.
Two Drivers: One with a History of Violations, One Killed
This past November, a 19-year-old Tallahassee Community College student was struck and killed in an accident involving a service van owned by the telecommunications company Comcast. The Tallahassee man was operating his motorcycle when he was rear-ended by the large van. Although the young man was transported to a local hospital, he passed away from critical injuries.
However, his grieving mother took action and hired a wrongful death and vehicle accident attorney to investigate the matter. A vehicle accident attorney can investigate the driving history of the other driver in a vehicle accident, including any relevant tickets, driving limitations, or suspensions. So far, the investigation has demonstrated that the driver of the Comcast van had received a traffic ticket for speeding 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, or 70 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone. Further, at the time of the violation, the driver was operating the same van, and it was only two months prior to the student’s untimely death.
Comcast’s Allegedly Improper Driving Policies
In the case of a company, however, an attorney can also demand to see the training materials and procedures the company requires for the driver. In many cases, the driver may have violated the company’s own procedures, or the company may have a procedure in place that itself causes a danger to others. In this case, the family’s budding wrongful death lawsuit claims that the company failed to provide adequate training or supervision over the driver.
In this case, the victim’s family apparently found that Comcast applied a customer guarantee: the customer must be provided a $20 fee if the driver is late for an appointment. While it is unclear whether that $20 is paid by the driver directly, the family alleges that the policy sets a precedent for reckless driving. Such a policy could improperly encourage drivers to break traffic rules due to pressure within the company.
The student’s mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Comcast, seeking $20 million in damages. Meanwhile, his parents are hoping to establish a foundation, presumably in the victim’s name. The sponsorship would allow students who lost a sibling to attend the camp where the victim volunteered.
Lawsuits such as this one demonstrate that even famous and nationwide companies can be held accountable for their policies and for their drivers’ accidents. If you or someone you know was injured, or even killed, in a vehicle accident, Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Newmark can help you look into the matter and demand hidden policies and procedures from even very large companies.