Venice Wilson sustained serious injuries following a car accident involving a truck driver for Coca Cola. The company knew the dangers of driving and talking on a cell phone, but had a very vague and uncertain cell phone policy. Talking on a cell phone while driving creates a cognitive distraction of 37%.
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Venice fought the case, claiming the Coca Cola employee crashed into her because he was distracted talking on a cell phone. Coca Cola was aware of additional information regarding the number of deaths and injuring due to using a cell phone while operating a vehicle, but chose to withhold this from their employees. The jury awarded Venice more than $21 million and Coca Cola adopted the "no cell phone use while operating company vehicles" policy.