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.