In today’s multi-channel, multi-tasking world, distractions are making it more and more difficult to stay focused and concentrate on the task at hand. Because of the very real and tremendous dangers associated with cell phone use, texting and emailing while driving, it is the duty of each of us to educate drivers (especially new drivers and teenagers) about the severe hazards created by distracted driving. Did you know car and truck crashes due to distracted driver errors are among the leading causes of death in the United States? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Recent studies have concluded:
- About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.
- While drivers are texting, they spend about 10 percent of the time outside their designated driving lane.
- Even talking hands free on a cell phone while driving creates distractions and diminished driving skills equal to driving with a 0.8 blood alcohol level (the point of legal intoxication in all states sufficient for an arrest for DWI/DUI).
- Reading or answering a text message or email while driving takes your attention away from the road for about five seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- Incredibly, some tractor trailer companies and trucking companies permit or even encourage their drivers to text and email back and forth with the company’s dispatchers while driving their 40,000 to 80,000 pound tractor-trailers and trucks on America’s local community roads and major highways.
- Distracted driving is also caused by having too many people in a car (causing some states — like Pennsylvania — to prohibit young, newly-licensed drivers from having more than one passenger under the age of 18 in their vehicle unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian).
We have a strong track record of successfully proving that our clients were injured, maimed or killed as a result of distracted automobile and tractor-trailer drivers, including multi-million dollar recoveries against large tractor-trailer and trucking companies.
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Less than two years after 18 year old rising star, Nikki Kellenyi, lost her life in a car crash caused by a distracted driver, “Nikki’s Law” was signed into law in New Jersey by New Jersey Governor Christie on August 14, 2013. The law requires the New Jersey Department of Transportation to erect signs on state roadways warning of the dangers of distracted driving and reminding drivers that texting while driving carries stiff criminal penalties in New Jersey. Nikki’s father, Mike Kellenyi, is a co-founder of the non-profit organization, People Against Distracted Driving. Mr. Kellenyi was a leader in initiating the legislation in honor of his daughter, and it was passed unanimously by the New Jersey legislature before being signed by the governor. As part of our Trial Lawyers Giving Back program, Villari, Brandes & Giannone proudly supports PADD. To learn more about Nikki’s Law, watch the video below.
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