It only takes a moment of distraction while driving to take a life. But the moments after the accident stretch on indefinitely for the victim’s loved ones. The news report of the fatal accident may fade away from recent memory but the loss does not, especially for parents. Six years ago 13-year-old Margay Schee was riding home from school when a semi-truck traveling at 60 mph slammed into the back of her school bus, which had stopped to let off students. Despite rescuers best efforts they were unable to get her out of the burning wreckage and she died. This horrible death and loss to the family was the direct cause of distracted driving. The truck driver was reaching for his dropped cell phone at the time of the crash.
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As Virginia (VA) car accident injury lawyers it is these types of wrongful death cases that break our hearts. This is why we not only support and fight for our clients who are injured but we also proactively participate in distracted driving education. Our attorneys participate in a nationwide program called “End Distracted Driving.” Recently in front of an audience of 600 Jamestown High School students, two of our Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys, Kevin Duffan and Richard N. Shapiro, talked about the dangers, and deadly consequences, of distracted driving. The presentation included videos of families and friends who suffered the death of loved ones in a variety of distracted driving circumstances.
There are many ways to be distracted while driving. The above example shows how the distraction of reaching for a cell phone had devastating consequences. However the most prevalent and dangerous way to be distracted while driving is texting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the cold hard facts are that people who text and drive increase their chance of a crash by 23%. Even with traffic laws banning texting while driving in Virginia (VA) many drivers still participate in this risky behavior. This puts their lives and the lives of other innocent people in danger.