A Miami family was awarded $8.8 million for the death of a woman involved in a car accident . The accident was caused by Luis Cruz-Govin who was believed to be texting during the time of the crash. Myriam del Socorro Lopez, a passenger in the other vehicle, died on scene, while her husband, Wilson Torres, suffered serious internal injuries.
According to the Sun Sentinel, phone records show that Cruz-Govin had an outgoing text at 8:19 p.m. and paramedics were notified of the car accident at 8:21 p.m.
The use of cell phones while driving has become a big issue and a topic of much discussion and legislation in recent years. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended a ban on all cell phone use while driving.
Some researchers liken driving while distracted by a cell phone to driving while under the influence of alcohol. The University of Utah conducted a study in which they found that cell-phone-use while driving can delay a drivers reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent (the legal limit).
Car accidents caused by a driver distracted by using a cell phone have become more and more commonplace. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver and need a skilled car accident lawyer, contact Gordon & Doner for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Please complete our online contact form or call us toll free at 1 (855) 722-2552 for immediate assistance.