EndDD Takes on Distracted Driving
It may not seem like a likely culprit, but distracted driving is one of the deadliest events that can befall a teen driver on the road today. Faster cars, greater cell phone connectivity, increased social media pressures, and just limited experience behind the wheel all play a role in the increasing levels of distraction bombarding teens.
Distracting events come in all shapes and sizes while driving down the road. Pandora slips on the wrong song and you scramble to change it, you finally get a reply from the date that ghosted you last week, or you dribble coffee down the front of your shirt on the way to the big presentation. In whatever form it occurs, any activity that takes your attention away from driving can have terrible consequences. When you are traveling in the car at 55 miles an hour and look down for just 5 seconds (about the time it takes to type a one-word reply and hit, “send”) it’s the same as driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed– a scary thought at rush hour.
The proliferation of social media and the corresponding increase in cell phone connectivity and functionality have come together to create an entirely new and never-ending stream of distractions for today’s teen drivers. Add to the mix a greater number of cars on America’s roadways, longer commutes, more areas that are under construction, larger logistics networks requiring more and more semi-tractor trailers on the road, etc., etc. and drivers today are being in a state of near-constant distraction at the same time that present conditions on the roadway only increase the risk of an accident occurring.
Stats on Distracted Driving
The NHTSA puts out annual reports that detail the havoc that distracted driving inflicts each year upon America’s roadways:
- In 2017, distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives, 229 of which were teens (15-19)
- Almost 1 in 10 fatal crashes were listed as “distraction-affected” crashes
- Drivers aged 15 to 19 years old have the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes
End Distracted Driving
Joel Feldman and his wife Dianne Anderson know firsthand the terrible pain that comes from the loss of a child. They experienced this tragedy in the loss of their beloved 21-year-old daughter. In 2009, Casey Feldman was going into her senior year at Fordham University. Her promising young life was cut short when a distracted driver struck and killed her as she walked within a protected crosswalk at a 4-way stop. The 58-year old driver was fidgeting with his GPS, while also juggling a drink as he plowed through the intersection and struck Casey. To say that this incident altered the course of Joel and Diane’s lives would be an understatement. Any parent who has lost a child knows that numbing grief and knows there’s really no “getting back to normal” there’s only trying, and often failing, to adapt to the new normal. The normal that makes the very floor beneath your feet feel as unsteady as a ship on a rough ocean. The normal that makes getting out of bed in the morning a challenge that some days you just can’t meet. But rather than wallowing in their pain, in the very depths of this tragedy, Diane and Joel chose to make good come from something so profoundly awful. They turned immeasurable sadness into abounding energy that drove them to get the End Distracted Drivers (EndDD) nonprofit off the ground. EndDD’s mission is simple – to help educate teens, parents and other stakeholders on the very real consequences of distracted driving. This sounds like a rather simple mission but EndDD has developed its presentations utilizing leading research in the areas of behavioral science so that each presentation can be as effective as possible. Far from being a lecture admonishing teen drivers on a list of things they’ve done wrong, the presentation turns distracted driving into societal issues and elicits a partnership with the audience to be leaders in enacting change.
Partnerships with EndDD
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is a prominent professional organization for trial attorneys which ultimately seeks to promote a fair and effective justice system for all. We are proud members of this professional organization and find membership leads to effectively sharing news, techniques, and best practices with firms nationwide. AAJ has also led a huge effort for a partnership with EndDD for its members to become presenters. Trial attorneys, unfortunately, know all too well the consequences of distracted driving and have the training and experience to deliver effective presentations that inspire real change. But you don’t have to be a trial attorney to make a difference in your community. Professionals of all backgrounds and even high school students are coming together to help EndDD’s message get to as many people as possible.
At Farah and Farah, our attorneys and staff are encouraged to participate as volunteers through AAJ and with EndDD. You can sign up to become a presenter in your community by filling out an online form with EndDD. To date, presentations have been made to nearly half a million people across the country. Just helping one family avoid the terrible loss of a loved one makes the efforts of EndDD not only worthwhile but serves an incredible need within each community.
What’s Next After an Accident with a Distracted Driver?
As personal injury lawyers for four decades, we’ve seen the unfortunate end that distracted driving leaves on its victims after an accident occurs. We’ve represented families that have lost children, husbands who have lost wives, children whose parents were taken before their time, and lifelong vocations and hobbies become suddenly inaccessible all from the negligence of a distracted driver.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident where a distracted driver’s actions caused irreparable harm, contact our legal team today. We’ll take on the burden of collecting the necessary information, negotiating with insurance companies and hospitals, and will work tirelessly to bring you and your family some measure of peace.