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Automobile Accidents/Cell Phone Distraction

Haggard Law Firm > Automobile Accidents/Cell Phone Distraction
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Our firm has also successfully litigated and settled hundreds of claims involving all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including pedestrian/auto; bicycle/auto accidents; multiple car crashes and crashes resulting from the defendant being distracted while using a cell phone. The Haggard Law Firm was responsible for obtaining the first verdict in the nation.

 

The Haggard Law Firm was responsible for obtaining the first verdict in the nation dealing with the issue of cell phone distraction in automobile accidents. In December 2001, our firm won a $21 million verdict in the case of Alicia Bustos, a 78-year-old woman who was a seat-belted passenger in a car that was violently struck at a Miami (Hialeah) intersection by a driver talking on his cell phone.

 

The defendant was conducting a business call while driving in his capacity as a salesman for a lumber wholesale company. The woman was left with catastrophic injuries requiring permanent bedside care and she eventually passed away. The defendant had told attorneys that he was not using his cell phone just before the impact, but the lawyer team of Wm. Andrew Haggard and Michael Haggard proved otherwise after subpoenaing cell phone records. This influenced the jury’s decision, and the result was the largest personal injury verdict in Miami-Dade County’s history at that time.

Notable Automobile Accidents/Cell Phone Distraction Cases

COOPER v. OTTO GENER & BELLA AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

$4.25 Million – Settlement (Freeport, Bahamas) Wrongful Death/Auto

Plaintiff, a 45-year-old Bahamian woman and employee of the port of Freeport, was killed when struck head-on when defendant’s delivery truck lost control and crossed the median. She left behind a husband, two adult children and one minor child.

MORENO v. XYZ ELECTRIC CO.

$4 Million – Settlement (Miami, Florida) – Wrongful Death/Auto Accident

auto accident caused by an employee of the electric company. The employee, who was driving his own car but conducting company business at the time of the accident, ran a red light causing the fatal accident. Witnesses at the scene claim that the employee of the electric company was too distracted and made no attempt to break when he saw the light turn red. The victim spent most of his life caring for his daughter with special needs as his wife worked to support the family. The daughter was in the passenger seat when the accident occurred.

NAVARRO v. FLORIDA AUTO RENTAL, et al

$3.6 Million – Verdict (Miami, Florida)- Wrongful Death/Auto Accident.

Action against rental car agency and defendant driver by deceased plaintiff passenger’s personal representative after hit-and-run automobile accident.

ESTATE OF EVELYN QUINO/JERRY DONGO v. OVER THE TOP LINENS & SAUVAGERE

$3 million – Settlement (Miami Beach, Florida) – Automobile Accident

Ms. Evelyn Quino and her nephew, Jerry Dongo, were leaving work on Jerry’s scooter. Jerry was driving the scooter and Ms. Quino was the rear passenger. As they approached the intersection, Jerry slowed, coming to a complete stop at the red light in front of him. Jerry and Evelyn sat there waiting for the light to change when a commercial vehicle owned by Over the Top, Inc., came barreling up to the

light at around 65 MPH and made absolutely no attempt to stop. The driver of the commercial truck, Guerrier Sauvagere, plowed right through the scooter, violently throwing Evelyn and Jerry’s bodies clear across the intersection. The collision killed Evelyn Quino and severely injured her nephew, Jerry Dongo. The case was settled for policy limits.

 **Prospective clients may not obtain similar results. Amounts stated within this website are before deductions for fees, cost of attorneys and third party providers such as medical providers.**