Wrongful Death Settlement Awarded for Texting Accident

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Dec 21, 2011 in Wrongful Death

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.




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