April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and many organizations are joining in the effort to spread knowledge about dangerous habits on the roadways. But for Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Joel Feldman, dedicating a day to teaching young drivers about the consequences of driving while distracted is just another day.
Joel Feldman, a shareholder at the prominent Pennsylvania injury law firm Anapol Weiss, founded End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) after his daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009.
Since its inception, the EndDD program has reached more than 250,000 students in the U.S. and Canada. Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any group in the U.S., according to a new AAA report entitled, “Environmental Factors and Driver Behaviors in Teen Driver Crashes.” In more than half of those car accidents—58 percent—the driver was distracted.
The report discusses not just the number of distracted driving accidents, but the types of crashes that occur. Of the reported distracted driving accidents, 44 percent lost control of their vehicles, 76 percent were involved in rear-end crashes, 51 percent were involved in angle crashes and 89 percent departed from the road.
This April, Feldman will present the findings of that report to Pennsylvania and Maryland students in hopes the students will make commitments to practice safe driving habits.
“The time is now to work to protect our children,” said Feldman in a press release. “It is our duty as parents and members of the community.”
The goal of the End Distracted Driving program is to preserve life and promote safety on a large scale through advocacy, education, and action.
Anyone interested in learning more about distracted driving awareness should visit www.enddd.org to find out how to make a difference.