Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member andpartner
In follow up to Virginia’s new law making texting while driving a primary traffic offense, Virginia Beach reminded drivers via flashing signs, “STAY ALIVE, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE.” In a previous blog posting, I summarized Virginia’s new texting law. A key piece of the new law is that reckless driving can now be included in the charges in some instances. Accident claims against texting drivers are becoming more frequent. Cell phone records are now a standard piece of evidence in successfully making those claims.
By now, every driver should realize how dangerous it is to drive impaired or distracted. As more texting claims are made, hopefully drivers will realize how dangerous texting while driving has become. In fact, an argument can be made that texting is the more dangerous of the two practices. Drunk drivers have slower reflexes and frequent misjudgments to what may be happening in the road ahead of them. Texting drivers are not even observing the road, effectively eliminating an opportunity for reacting to the driving situation. In essence, they are essentially as dangerous as driving with their eyes closed. While actively texting or reading, no one has the ability to operate a moving vehicle safely. Distracted driving has become a serious problem, and texting while driving is a big part of that problem.
My presentations about distracted driving over the years have emphasized to teens and their families the dangers of distracted driving and consequences. I don’t lecture on this topic to be preachy, but because I care about educating drivers about safety while driving. Please be careful on the road and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more about my presentations concerning distracted driving. You can call me at (202) 822-1899 or email me at [email protected].
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2011). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2013 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2013)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.