Trial Lawyers Volunteer to End Distracted Driving
The American Association for Justice and the non-profit group End Distracted Driving (EndDD) have teamed up to engage plaintiff’s lawyers in helping to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving, and to get attorneys involved in the movement to end this dangerous practice. As April has been designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, TTLA is encouraging our membership to get involved and become advocates for safer driving in our Texas communities. Please see the message below, and click on the links to find out how you can volunteer to help end distracted driving in Texas.
At the 2012 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Winter Convention, more than 60 trial lawyers met to learn about efforts to end distracted driving. It was a message taken to heart. Over 750 trial lawyers have now volunteered to speak in schools across all 50 of the United States and Canada this April during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The volunteer effort will save hundreds of lives and reach a new generation of drivers who can spread the safe driving message among their peers.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 28 percent of all crashes – or 1.6 million crashes – each year is caused by drivers using their handheld or hands-free cell phones and texting while driving. Research for the Pew Research Center shows that Half (52%) of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving, and 34% have texted while driving.
EndDD has set a goal to reach 100,000 students during National Distracted Driving Month, and thanks to the volunteer efforts of trial lawyers and others, that goal may be exceeded.
It is not too late to join the movement.