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Family of Distracted Driving Victim Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Driver


According to the San Antonio Express-News, the family of the man who died after being struck by a driver on Loop 410 in San Antonio is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the teenage driver who killed him.

Family also Suing Man’s Employer

The lawsuit claims that the driver, Jewell Hendrickson, texted on her phone as she drove on Loop 410 on September 22. Hendrickson crashed into Robert “Bobby” Cornish, 32, as he attended to his work trailer that had malfunctioned, pinning him between the teenager’s car and his trailer.

Cornish received treatment at San Antonio Military Medical Center before succumbing to his injuries, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

The lawsuit also targets Cornish’s employer, alleging the company’s history of safety violations and that they did not provide him with adequate, functioning equipment. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Cornish’s family seeks $1 million from the defendants.

In addition, the family’s attorney says they hope to make a difference and send a message that texting and driving can have deadly consequences. According to the San Antonio Express-News, texting is banned in the city of San Antonio but not statewide.

At the time of the crash, police said it was unclear why Hendrickson crashed into Cornish, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

Cornish is survived by two young daughters and his wife Sarah, who is pregnant with their third child.

Information on Distracted Driving Accidents

The following information is provided by Distraction.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,154 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013.
    • Ten percent of all fatal crashes involved a distracted driver.
  • In 2013, 424,000 people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic wrecks involving a distracted driver.
  • Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • In 2013, 480 non-occupants died in distraction-affected crashes.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting – when traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.

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