According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, a Corpus Christi jury awarded $24 million last Friday to a woman that was catastrophically injured by a Coca-Cola driver that was using her cellphone at the time of the collision. Of the $24 million awarded, $14 million was allocated for actual damages (the damages to compensate the plaintiff for the terrible injuries she sustained - past and future medical bills, past and future loss of earning capacity, and past and future pain, impairment and disfigurement) and $10 million was allocated to punitive damages (those damages that are meant to deter such conduct in the future).
As the adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. Perhaps this year the adage should be that April's distracted driving awareness campaign brings safer roads in May.
Each day, across the nation, many people deal with the pain of losing someone they love in a fatal car accident. In Texas, growing cities like Laredo are seeing accidents occur more frequently and with more serious injuries. Texas police are hoping that appealing to residents will help change those statistics.
This is the third post in a three-part series that is taking a closer look at the recent federal agency report that analyzes car accident data across the nation for 2010.