LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a man who was hurt in an LA accident are asking a California appeals court for permission to seek punitive damages against the driver responsible, who they claim was texting.
Attorneys for Joseph Schultz say Tuesday they want the court to overturn a lower court ruling that barred punitive damages in their negligence suit against the driver in the 2010 accident.READ MORE: 3 Gang Members Arrested In Beverly Hills Restaurant Shooting
If the court agrees, it could be the first such ruling in the country.
Punitive damages can be many times larger than compensatory damages.READ MORE: Adrian Gudino Wanted In Redondo Beach Murder Of 68-Year-Old Relative, Gloria Pressett
Schultz’s suit contends the driver, Serob Terarutyunyan, struck several cars on the 134 Freeway and forced Schultz off the road, where his SUV slammed into a tree. He suffered moderate injuries.
A message left for the driver’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.MORE NEWS: Gas Prices In Southern California Keep Ticking Up, But Cyberattack On East Coast Pipeline Not Expected To Make An Impact
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