Judge Allows for Punitive Damages in Plantation Auto Accident Caused by Texting
January 16, 2013
In a landmark decision, a judge recently allowed for punitive damages to be pursued in the case of a Plantation auto accident that was caused by texting. Several bills to ban texting while driving have failed to get through both houses of Florida’s state legislature in recent years. Foes of the bills have argued that enough laws are already on the books to deal with careless drivers. The judge apparently wanted to see those laws put into action and was convinced enough by the attorney for the victim to do so.
The auto accident in question occurred several years ago in Plantation with a van in which Nissim Buzaglo was traveling as a passenger. Another auto veered into the van, forcing it onto the center median where it collided with trees that had been planted in the median. According to his attorney, Buzaglo sustained several fractures and required extensive surgery. He now has a limp. His attorney successfully argued his case such that the judge claimed that it was reasonable to assume that the other driver was texting at the time of the accident.
Whatever the source of distracted driving, it can have serious consequences. If you’ve been injured in Plantation as the result of an auto accident for which you were not responsible, an attorney with Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey can help you to obtain all of the benefits that you deserve. Whether you have been the victim of texting, DUI, reckless driving, or some other form of irresponsible auto operation, you have rights as the victim of an accident, and your Plantation auto accident attorney will make sure that those rights are protected.
When you need a Plantation auto accident attorney, Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey are seasoned personal injury lawyers with a winning record of guiding accident victims through every detail of an accident case and ensuring fair and reasonable treatment by both insurance companies. The Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey team has tried more than 100 jury trials and obtained verdicts, judgments and settlements in excess of $100 million for their clients. Please visit our website at https://www.lwmpersonalinjurylawyers.com/ or call our offices at 754-226-1474 or toll free 877.267.6022 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. If you’re concerned that you can’t afford the services of a Plantation auto accident attorney, rest assured that we work on a contingency basis—you don’t pay us until you receive the compensation from the insurance companies.