Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney
The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has helped to get the word out about distracted driving across the state of Virginia.
There are distracted drivers of all ages on the roads and they are contributing to the greatest driving threat in recent years.
Many campaigns take place during April to help promote awareness of the severity of distracted driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) asks drivers to take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. Websites like Distraction.gov and EndDD.org provide shocking statistics and relevant information regarding distracted driving laws.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) :
- Reaction time is delayed for a driver talking on a cell phone as much as it is for a driver who is legally drunk.
- More texting leads to more crashes. With each additional 1 million text messages, fatalities from distracted driving rose more than 75%.
- People under the age of 20 are involved in more fatal crashes due to distractions than any other age group.
At Allen & Allen, our attorneys have partnered with End DD (End Distracted Driving, www.enddd.org) to offer presentations to area high schools, businesses and community organizations with the goal of reducing and preventing distracted driving. Click here to learn more about the End DD presentations or to have an attorney speak to your group.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a distracted driver, the attorneys at Allen & Allen can help. Call us at 866-388-1307 for a free consultation.
About The Author: Jamie Kessel is a personal injury attorney practicing with the law firm of Allen & Allen. He was named one of the 2015 Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. His practice is focused in the areas of car accidents, product liability, premises liability, and distracted driving accidents.