In Honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Parker Waichman LLP Warns that Texting, Talking and Emailing while Driving is a Leading Cause of Car Accidents

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According to U.S. Department of Transportation, over 3,000 People were killed in Distracted Driving Car Crashes and other Motor Vehicle Accidents in 2010 Alone.

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The personal injury lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP are today joining with the DOT to remind motorists that 'One Text or Call could Wreck it All.'

Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm that has represented thousands of car accident victims, is honoring National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by reminding motorists that texting, talking and emailing while driving is a leading cause of car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), nearly 3,000 people were killed in 2010 because of distracted driving. [fastlane.dot.gov/2012/04/april-is-distracted-driving-awareness-month.html]

According to Parker Waichman LLP, distracted driving occurs any time a motorist takes their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the primary task of driving. Talking, texting or emailing from a cell phone or smart phone while driving significantly increases the likelihood that a motorist will cause a car accident. According to the DOT:

  •     Talking on a cell phone, even with hands-free technology, robs the brain of 39% of the energy it would ordinarily devote to safe driving.
  •     Using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08, the legal limit for drunk driving.
  •     Drivers who use a hand-held device are 4 times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury.
  •     Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get involved in a crash.
  •     At any given moment during daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
  •     Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded.

[distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html]

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, a total of 37 states, the Washington, D.C. and Guam ban text messaging by all drivers. Ten states, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands prohibit all hand-held cell phone use while driving. ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html]

In light of the serious threat posed by distracted driving, the personal injury lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP are today joining with the DOT to remind motorists that "One Text or Call could Wreck it All."

"Our attorneys see the damage distracted driving does to car crash victims and their families on a daily basis,” Raymond Silverman, an attorney with Parker Waichman LLP, says. "It takes just a few seconds of inattention to ruin lives forever. So much pain and suffering could be avoided if more drivers would simply stay off of their phones when they're behind the wheel."

Mr. Silverman further discusses car accidents in this video blog produced by Parker Waichman LLP.

Parker Waichman LLP is a leading mass tort, environmental and personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs in car accident lawsuits nationwide. The firm has offices in New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Florida. For more than two decades, Parker Waichman LLP has assisted thousands of clients in receiving fair compensation due to the negligence of others. For more information on Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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              Herbert Waichman, Partner
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