Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
I mentioned recently that I present volunteer seminars at Metro area schools on the issue of distracted driving. I gave another seminar recently on March 10, which was attended not only by high school students, but faculty as well. I have been asked to return to the school to give another seminar soon, which I am looking forward to doing.
There are all kinds of distracted driving, including eating, putting on makeup, playing music too loudly, texting, cell phone use, map-reading, and drinking while driving. Any kind of distracted driving is lethal. As part of my presentation, I speak to my audience about body mechanics and how much time it takes to react to emergency situations. Those in attendance are often amazed to hear how long it takes to stop a car, even on dry pavement, at 55 mph. In most circumstances, believe it or not, it takes nearly a football field (or 100 yards) to perceive an emergency in front of you, determine how to respond to it, move your body as necessary to change the course of your vehicle, and then allow time for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. The science is not debatable. Therefore, the notion that someone can drive safely while being distracted is simply nonsense.
My presentation also includes actual videos of cars striking pedestrians and other vehicles. The videos are extremely powerful. I show them to impress upon the students and others in attendance how real lives are devastated by distracted driving. The ripple effect of causing an accident due to carelessness is far-reaching.
The message to the students is simple: you owe an obligation to yourself, your passengers, others on the road, as well as to your families and friends who would be devastated as a result of any injury you caused, to drive safely. Cars are lethal weapons. Drive to stay alive.
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 Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and 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 serious truck and car collisions. Mr. Zambri has also been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.
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