A jury in Dallas has ordered U-Haul to pay $84 Million to an injured man whose rented truck rolled over him when the parking brake failed. The jury heard evidence of a pattern on the part of U-Haul of failing to maintain its vehicles after customers rented and drove them for thousands of miles. U-Haul setted another case in February, involving the death of a San Francisco man who was crushed between a post and the rental truck when its parking brake failed.
The Dallas verdict included $63 million in punitive damages, which U-Haul’s attorneys characterize as excessive. It’s just another example of corporate America placing profits above safety.