Trial Attorneys Advocate and Educate to End Distracted Driving

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For Immediate Release: April 30, 2014

Contact: Tanea Jackson
American Association for Justice
202-684-9517
tanea.jackson@justice.org

Trial Attorneys Advocate and Educate to End Distracted Driving

The month of April is dedicated to distracted driving awareness

 Washington, DC—In support of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the American Association for Justice, along with its grassroots campaign, Take Justice Back, and community service program, Trial Lawyers Care, joined with the nonprofit organization, End Distracted Driving (EndDD), to educate young people about the dangers associated with this growing hazard.

Throughout the month of April, trial attorneys working with EndDD traveled across the country delivering presentations at high schools, colleges and universities, conferences, and independent highway safety programs in an effort to end this risky behavior.

“I am proud to work with Joel and other attorneys across the nation to inform students and parents about the dangers of distracted driving, which threaten the driver as well as those sharing the road,” said President Burton LeBlanc. “These consequences can be avoided through public education and programs like those presented by EndDD during Distracted Diving Awareness Month.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2012. Young drivers under 20-years-old were most likely to engage in distracted driving.

“It’s important to acknowledge that distracted driving does not limit itself to texting on your cell phone,” said Joel Feldman, founder of EndDD.  “Distracted driving involves any action that will take your eyes and mind off of the road and your hands off of the wheel. And the consequences of those distracted seconds are many, and may include life-altering consequences.”

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Take Justice Back is a grassroots campaign designed to inform Americans that their legal rights are under attack. It engages, educates, and motivates activism to strengthen the civil justice system. Visit www.takejusticeback.com.

Trial Lawyers Care was established after the 9/11 attacks so that trial lawyers could provide free legal services to individuals and families who applied for federal financial help. More than 1,100 lawyers volunteered. That commitment to volunteerism lives on through the present-day Trial Lawyers Care initiative to highlight the community service of trial lawyers who volunteer and give back to help people in need. Visit www.triallawyerscare.org. 


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