A case is making its way through the Pennsylvania court system, (Deringer v. Li, No. GD10-019081 pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County), that should make you think twice before using a cell phone while driving. The case alleges the defendant, while using a mobile phone, rear ended the plaintiff’s motorcycle that was stopped at a red light. The unique thing about the case is that the plaintiff is seeking PUNITIVE DAMAGES. Punitive damages are awarded against a person to punish them for outrageous and reckless conduct. More importantly, punitive damage awards are usually high $$$ and may or may not be covered by your insurance policy.
Are you reading this on a cell phone while driving?
If you’re a business owner, do you have a Driver Safety Policy that addresses employee cell phone use while driving?