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TJH Injury Attorneys Tackles a Distracted Driving Case

Jonathan Hernandez6 months ago

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and today on the blog, we take a look at what happened when Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys tackled a distracted driving case involving a large corporation.

Details about the Distracted Driving Case

In 2010, Vanice Chatman-Wilson sued another driver, Araceli Cabral, as well as Cabral’s employer, Coca-Cola, when she suffered neck and back injuries due to an accident that happened in in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a result of the accident, Chatman-Wilson had to have lumbar surgery and continues to have a 25 percent disability.

As it turns out, Cabral was on a business call using a hands-free cellphone when her vehicle collided with Chatman-Wilson’s vehicle in an intersection. Initially, Cabral stated that she thought she had the right of way, but she did not.

The Results of the Lawsuit

Chatman-Wilson was represented by Thomas J. Henry, who successfully argued that just because Cabral was using a hands-free device at the time of the accident did not mean she wasn’t distracted by the conversation – which caused her to assume she had the right of way when she didn’t.

Mr. Henry brought forth information to show that hands-free cellphone use is just as dangerous as a hand-held phone.

The jury awarded Chatman-Wilson more than $11.5 million for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. She was also awarded another $10 million for punitive damages.

Important Information about Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in distracted driving accidents every year in the United States:

  • Nearly 10 percent of all fatal accidents and 18 percent of all injury accidents involved a distracted driver.
  • In 2013, there were 3,154 people who were killed and another 424,000 who were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers.
  • The age group with the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of an accident were 15-19-year-olds.


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