Our Children Should Not Be Dying; Crumley & Associates Brings Driver's Edge to North Carolina to Make a Difference

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Motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 killer of teenagers around the world. Tragically, they are preventable. Everyone must get involved and come to the table to find practical, viable and effective ways to better prepare our teenagers to drive. Crumley & Associates is taking action to help prevent teen driving accidents by bringing Driver's Edge to North Carolina. Taught by professional race car drivers and professional driving instructors, Driver's Edge fulfills its mission of saving lives and making our highways safer through free comprehensive, hands-on youth driver education.

Crumley & Associates wants to keep kids alive. Crumley and Associates is a consumer-based law firm. They have seen firsthand the devastation caused by auto accidents, and understand that teen deaths change lives forever. Crumley & Associates has dedicated significant resources to finding solutions to the problem of teen driving accidents.

The firm has partnered with a nationally acclaimed, 501(c)3 teen-driving program -- Driver's Edge -- and are bringing it back to North Carolina on October 20-21 in Winston-Salem. Taught by professional race car drivers and professional driving instructors, Driver's Edge fulfills its mission of saving lives and making our highways safer through FREE comprehensive, hands-on youth driver education. Crumley & Associates is proud to be the Driver's Edge primary sponsor in North Carolina.

Through classroom and hands-on instruction, students of Driver's Edge learn such important driving skills as evasive lane change maneuvers, anti-lock braking skills, skid control, panic braking and more. With the help of local and state law enforcement agencies, students are educated about the dangers associated with drinking and driving through use of golf carts and impairment goggles, as well as information about other traffic safety laws.

Ultimately, Crumley & Associates is determined to bring together the parties that can effect permanent change. It is their goal to hold a summit that will bring together representatives from all factions of our society that can propose a comprehensive plan to eliminate this deadly problem, and they're working toward this goal right now. They believe everyone must get involved. Parents. Teenagers. Public officials. Law makers. Driving school administrators. Insurance companies. Hospital administrators. All must come to the table to find practical, viable and effective ways to better prepare our teenagers to drive.

Facts and Figures

Why are our children dying in such great numbers? The reasons are many. According to a 2005 survey of 1,000 people ages 15 and 17 conducted by the Allstate Foundation:
•More than half (56 percent) of young drivers use cell phones while driving.
•69 percent said that they speed to keep up with traffic.
•64 percent said they speed up to go through a yellow light.
•47 percent said that passengers sometimes distract them.
•Nearly half said they believed that most crashes involving teens result from drunk driving.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
•23 percent of teen drivers killed in 2005 were intoxicated.
•16- and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger.
•In general, fewer teens wear their safety belts compared to other drivers.
•A larger proportion of teen fatal crashes involve speeding or going too fast for road conditions.
•More teen fatal crashes occur when passengers, usually other teenagers, are in the car than do crashes involving other drivers. Two out of three teens that die as passengers are in vehicles driven by other teenagers.
•A larger percentage of fatal crashes involving teenage drivers are single-vehicle crashes compared to those involving other drivers. In this type of fatal crash, the vehicle usually leaves the road and overturns or hits a roadside object such as a tree or pole.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that the part of the brain that weighs risks, makes judgments and controls impulsive behavior is still developing in teens, and does not mature until about age 25.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of auto accidents involving 15-20 year old drivers is over $40 billion.

About Crumley & Associates:
Crumley & Associates is a consumer-based law firm handling civil cases including automobile accidents, workers' compensation, social security disability, nursing home neglect and more. The firm has five Greensboro-region offices situated in Asheboro, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem and five Charlotte-region offices situated in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory and Monroe. For more information visit the website at http://www.CrumleyandAssociates.com.

About Driver's Edge:
Las Vegas-based Driver's edge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Driver's Edge offers a free educational program for young drivers (ages 15-21) that teaches real life emergency avoidance and response techniques and overall driver safety. This innovative program is taught on an ongoing basis in Las Vegas Nevada, with annual tours visiting multiple US cities each year. The program is funded entirely by charitable donations, public grants and the corporate sponsorship of community-minded partners such as Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, BFS Retail & Commercial Operations, LLC, the CarMax Foundation and the IndyCar Series. Crumley & Associates, PC, is the primary corporate sponsor for visits to North Carolina. For more information visit http://www.DriversEdge.org.

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