Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013
An award winning trial lawyer long recognized for his triumphs in the civil court system has focused his attention on a larger battle that may save millions of young lives on roadways across the nation. Today’s video premiere of "Just a Few Seconds" emphasizes the dangers of distracted driving while highlighting how the consequences of a single moment can instantly change the lives of countless others.
Attorney Joel Feldman, who suffered a personal tragedy as a result of distracted driving, will release the video today during a 10:00 a.m press conference at the Gardner Auditorium in the Massachusetts State House as part of his End Distracted Driving campaign. The nationwide effort has recruited about 500 trial lawyers and 100 professionals as volunteers to inform teens about the sobering statistics of a driving safety crisis in America. Tragedy can’t be undone, but Feldman plans to help prevent it.
The documentary illustrates a heartbreaking story through a series of short and compelling interviews that follow two perspectives: a grieving daughter whose father was killed by a distracted driver, and the high school honors student who killed him when she looked away from the road for a moment. Both live every day with the knowledge that one thoughtless choice changed both their lives forever.
The video release is only part of a larger ongoing project aimed at combating a preventable problem that causes 4 million car crashes per year.* Feldman’s campaign to raise awareness of distracted driving includes a scientifically-based presentation that has reached more than 50,000 teens in 29 states. The information pulls knowledge from sources such as doctors, psychologists and teen experts. As the campaign continues to pick up speed and volunteers in 2013, Feldman expects the presentation to reach more than 200,000 teens by June.
“Volunteers began with trial lawyers, but now include health care professionals from hospitals, trauma centers and rehab centers, as more people recognize that prevention is better than treatment,” Feldman said. “There are no other scientifically designed presentations for teens about distracted driving, and this is also one of the largest volunteer teen education initiatives ever conducted.”
Feldman suffered the loss of his daughter Casey to a distracted driver in 2009, and has since integrated his grief with his experience as a successful trial lawyer to create an unstoppable force. A partner of Anapol Schwartz, he has represented families for 30 years who have suffered loss or life-altering injuries. He will earn a master’s degree in counseling from Villanova University this May. As a knowledgeable thinker from numerous perspectives, Feldman frequently writes and lectures about loss and ways trial lawyers can improve their dialogue with personal injury victims to show compassion and better recover damages.
The video is available for online viewing after 6 a.m. Eastern time Monday February 4 at Enddd.org/justafewseconds/.
To date, trial lawyer associations in Rhode Island, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Delaware and others are leading statewide End Distracted Driving campaigns. The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers (MATA) will join the initiative today, and Feldman will speak with Boston teens at Medford High School tomorrow to help kick off the MATA campaign.
Anapol Schwartz is national leader in product liability and pharmaceutical litigation, having successfully litigated thousands of cases in state and federal courts over the last 30 years. The firm supports a wide variety of community outreach projects including those to raise awareness of the dangers of distractions while driving.