A recent comment to my blog "Warning, I Am Distracted" referenced ImpactTeenDrivers.org which was started by Jon Hamm, CEO for the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP), in response to the high frequency of auto accidents among teens on California roadways. I spent some time on this website that is packed with powerful information, including videos and true stories of teen auto accidents. Here is one article from the website.
What IS Lethal?
A metal death trap barreling down a concrete corridor at eighty miles an hour with music roaring out of the interior, occupied by five young and attractive individuals, intoxicated by nothing other than each other’s company, happens to be more lethal to teens today than anything else. More lethal than drugs, alcohol, and suicide.
Texting while you drive = Death
Reapplying lip gloss while driving = Death
Anything that makes you take your attention off the road = Death
But, the horrifying thing is that it might not be YOUR death, it might be the death of someone you don’t even know. It might be the death of a child in a car in oncoming traffic that you crash in to because you couldn’t wait to respond to a text until you got to where you were going. The selfishness of driving recklessly or distracted verges on the insane, but you won’t be able to put in an insanity plea when you are brought up on charges of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced as an adult to 5 years in prison.
This isn’t a joking matter, and since you’re smart people, we’re not going to insult your intelligence by sugar coating this issue. The shock and awe of the situation is the fact that the leading cause of teen deaths in America are car crashes, and 75% of those incidents have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL but involve distracted and reckless driving.
So sign the pledge, get your friends to sign the pledge, and join us as we save lives.
Sincerely, The WDYCL Team
Mark Bello has thirty-three years experience as a trial lawyer and twelve years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by plaintiffs involved in pending, personal injury litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado Associations for Justice, a member of the American Bar Association as well as their ABA Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.