Back on Aug. 12 of last year, a man was sitting in his car at a Dillard’s in Louisiana. Without ever leaving his parked car, the man became the victim of a car wreck. He is now suing several people including Dillard’s since the driver that hit him was in a vehicle owned by Dillard’s.
The driver that hit him was leaving the parking lot when he struck the occupied parked her. It is alleged that the driver had been speeding. He has since been charged with careless driving, speeding, failing to control his vehicle, among other things. The nature and extent of the parked man’s injuries was not detailed. It is also not known if the speeding driver was injured or not.
The suit was filed against not only Dillard Department Store Inc., but also against Discovery Insurance Company, Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance, Higbee Lancoms, LP and the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle was owned by the popular department store and insured by Discovery Insurance Company. Since the driver was operating a company vehicle at the time of the accident, the plaintiff believes the corporate entities should be found at least partially responsible for the accident.
There is a concept in law known as vicarious liability. When a company employee has a car wreck in the course of their employment or in a company vehicle, it is possible that the employer may be held liable for the actions of the driver of that vehicle. If this Louisiana man’s lawsuit is successful, he may be awarded financial compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, rental expenses, lost wages, permanent disability, loss of consortium, among others.