by Jim Adler
A woman in Grapevine, Texas, whose mother was killed by distracted driving has launched a national nonprofit group to fight distracted drivers and comfort their victims. Called FocusDriven, the organization was envisioned at last fall’s Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
About 6,000 Americans died last year due to distracted drivers, many of whom were texting or calling by cell phone when they caused such tragedies. Longtime Texas personal injury law firm Jim S. Adler & Associates strongly supports measures to curb distracted driving and spare thousands of Americans and their families the wrenching loss of a distracted driver car accident.
Founder of FocusDriven is Texan Jennifer Smith, who lost her mother to a distracted driver in 2008. Smith is modeling the group after Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, and says it will be “a valuable resource for those who have lost loved ones as a result of the senseless and preventable destructive practice of distracted driving.”
So far, FocusDriven appears geared to make the public more aware of distracted driving dangers. In a statement, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he believes FocusDriven can achieve this and “change the way people think about distracted driving” in the same way “groups like MADD changed attitudes about drunk driving.”
Also supporting FocusDriven is the National Safety Council, the first organization to call for a national ban on cell phone use by drivers.
So far, 19 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving, and six states and DC ban all handheld electronics while driving. In Texas, texting is banned only for bus drivers, drivers transporting a child, drivers under 18 and drivers in a school zone, provided signs are posted regarding the ban.
If you or a loved one is harmed by a distracted driver, alert a cell phone accident lawyer or attorney or a car accident lawyer or attorney with Jim S. Adler & Associates. The fight against distracted driving has only just begun.
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