In Virginia, 15-year-old Naeun Yoon was fed up with her brother. He had been picking on her as their mother drove them in the family’s minivan. When mom stopped the car on a busy road to quiet the bickering, both teens got out of the vehicle and started walking in opposite directions.
At that moment, a 33-year-old attorney was driving along the road talking on her cell phone. Lost in her conversation, she ran over and killed Naeun. Convinced she had just hit a deer, she continued her conversation and her trip to the office.
Because the attorney was conducting business in her cell-phone call, the Yoons sued the law firm as well as the attorney. A jury awarded the family $2 million. Cell phones and their electronic kin (e.g., pagers, Palm Pilots and BlackBerries) distract drivers to the point that electronically engaged drivers are four times more likely to have an accident than their unplugged counterparts, according to ...(register to read more)