Man injured in intersection accident awarded $2M

A man who suffered an L-3 herniated lumbar disk when his pickup truck was t-boned in an intersection has been awarded a negligence settlement of $2M to be paid by Tel Tec Security Systems.

John Bowden, 50, suffered a disabling injury when his pickup truck was hit by Bryan Popplewell who was working for and driving a van owned by Tel Tec Security Systems.

Bowden’s injuries were so severe that they left him permanently disabled and, unable to work, he had to go live with his son. His medical expenses totaled $319,000 and his future medical expenses and life-care costs are estimated between $1.2 million and $2 million.

The defendants had a $1 million insurance policy and an excess policy of $1 million.

Doctrine of Respondeat Superior

In his negligence lawsuit, Bowden claimed that Popplewell was negligent when he failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection. He filed suit against Tel Tec Security Systems under the doctrine of respondeat superior for Poppelwell’s negligence. The legal doctrine of respondeat superior finds that, in some circumstances, employers are liable for the negligent acts of their employees working in the course of their employment.

Al hallmark case of respondeat superior was the Domino’s pizza campaign. In the 80’s and early 90’s, Domino’s pizza had a campaign “30 minutes or it’s free”. Domino’s ended this policy after delivery drivers. in a rush to get the pizzas delivered in the prescribed time frame. were involved in car accidents. The company was sued under the doctrine respondeat superior and discontinued the policy.

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