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$21 million verdict in wrongful death case; driver on cell phone found negligent in fatal car accident

Numerous studies have shown that talking on a cell phone while driving a motor vehicle increases the risk of automobile accidents. In a recent wrongful death lawsuit, a jury awarded $21.6 million to a man who’s wife was killed in a car accident by a driver talking on her cell phone. The defendant claimed that although the female driver was negligent, the accident was not caused because she was talking on her cell phone. The jury disagreed.