Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Jacob Emrani Recognizes April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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The lead attorney at the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani weighs in on the importance of National Distracted Driving Month and the dangers of texting while driving.

My clients seem as afraid of people texting as they are drunk drivers

Commenting on the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s move to name April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Los Angeles personal injury attorney Jacob Emrani stands behind the campaign and recognizes the increasing dangers, “I see serious injury cases everyday that are direct results of distracted driving. My clients seem as afraid of people texting as they are drunk drivers. It’s even more dangerous for my clients that ride motorcycles, telling me cars are constantly shifting into other lanes while distracted. Our law office takes distracted driving very seriously and are working with not only our clients, but local law enforcement to prevent future injuries.”

According to the California Highway Patrol, more than 57,000 citations were written in California in April 2013. Emrani believes people should revisit the basics, “We need to stress defensive driving and be careful of others around us. In this new technology era, the phones and texting take their attention away.”

Described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents involving injuries are increasing by the year, affecting over an estimated 2.24 million people. 20% of all accidents causing personal injury are due to distracted drivers. Distracting driving, whether it’s driving while texting, using smartphones, eating, talking to passengers, or using navigation, is a growing public safety hazard and a necessary topic when discussing personal injury prevention.

According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control, every day nine people die and more than 1,000 are hurt in accidents involving distracted driving. That strips down to a death every 2.6 hours and 44 injuries each hour, and it happens every day of the year. In 2011 alone (the most recent year for which the CDC released information), distracted driving caused 387,000 injuries and more than 3,330 deaths.

“More than 50% of my client’s accidents are due to drivers admittedly being distracted on their phones, or other activities that take their eye off the road,” Emrani continues, “I am sure the actual number is even higher, but most people would not admit to it.”

On Thursday, April 17th, CBS Los Angeles reported that a new campaign titled “LOOK UP!” has launched in Los Angeles by LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division. It’s an effort designed to educated young adults about the eminent dangers of distracted driving and the repercussions. The Valley Traffic Division invited many drivers to take a pledge to not text and drive by wearing bands around their thumbs.

Attorney Jacob Emrani had taken the pledge himself. “My firm handles some of the biggest semi truck and auto accidents, so I see many catastrophic injuries occur on our highways due to speed and inattention. I’m glad to see that highway safety is being stressed since it’s up to us as drivers to pay attention, take responsibility, and keep our highways safe for everyone.”

About The Law Offices Of Jacob Emrani:
The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani’s mission is to provide the highest quality legal representation to individuals who have suffered an injury; may it be physical, emotional, or property. As a full service law firm with over 50 years of combined experience, their team of trial attorneys is committed to providing their clients with superior professional services, along with vigorous advocacy of their best interests during their time of need.

CBS Los Angeles "Look Up!" campaign: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/10006858-lapd-launches-look-up-campaign-for-national-distracted-driving-awareness-month/

National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.gov

For more information: http://www.lalaw911.com

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