A court awarded $14.4 million to a man who was injured in a head-on crash with a driver on his cellphone.

In 2007, Glen Kroeger, then 50, was driving his van in Melbourne when Christopher Bevis struck his vehicle head-on. Bevis was convicted of reckless driving for using his phone while behind the wheel. He did not appear at the civil trial, and a default judgment was entered.

Kroeger fractured his left humerus and crushed his left ankle. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury, causing difficulties with speech. He claimed he can no longer work and requires daily assistance. The court awarded Kroeger $10.4 million in damages and awarded his wife $4 million for loss of consortium.

Case: Kroeger v. Bevis

Case No.: 2007-CA-015242

Plaintiff lawyer: Paul E. Bross, Bross Bross Thomas & Savy, Merritt Island

Defense lawyer: None reported