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By Jim Adler October 14, 2016

Do you have a child who’s a new driver or about to become one? If so, please know that Oct. 16-22 is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), an effort to increase safety awareness and provide solutions to preventable teen fatalities and injuries. The week is promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which offers a “5 to Drive” safety campaign.

Wrecks Are Top Teen Cause of Death

Why have a special safety week for teen drivers? The NHTSA says car wrecks are the top cause of death for teens 15 to 19 years old. In 2014 alone, 2,679 drivers of that age were involved in fatal crashes, which also injured around 123,000 teens. Statistics show that half of all teens will be in a traffic accident of some kind before graduating from high school. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says teens 16 to 19 years old, per mile driven, are almost three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers aged 20 or older. Indeed, an average of six drivers or passengers aged 16 to 19 die in a car wreck each day. Parents are reminded to alert their teens to the dangers of driving — dangers such as alcohol abuse, speeding, distracted driving and failure to use seat belts. The NHTSA can help focus on such dangers with its “5 to Drive” rules of the road.

‘5 to Drive’ Rules of Driving Safety

These “5 to Drive” rules of driving safety for the annual NTDSW — or any time — are:
  • No cell phone use while driving
  • No extra passengers, whose distractions can increase driving risks
  • No speeding, which clearly increases driving risks
  • No alcohol, which kills thousands on our roads yearly
  • No driving or riding without wearing a seat belt

‘Avoid the Regret’ of Alcohol Use

It’s been demonstrated that “scaring” teens into driving safely isn’t as effective as showing them the positive means to do so. With that in mind, the NHTSA also offers a theme to ‘Avoid the Regret – Avoid Impaired Driving.’ The positive message is to arrive safely by driving while sober. According to Traffic Safety Marketing, nearly one-third of drivers 15-20 years old who were killed in auto accidents in 2013 had alcohol in their system, even though they were too young to purchase alcohol legally. The NHTSA also encourages teens to share their thoughts on how to avoid impaired driving on tumblr with the designation #ultimatepartyfoul.

Teens Need Experience to Drive Safely

Why do teens have a high rate of car crashes? The National Safety Council says it’s largely because they are inexperienced drivers. Being new drivers, they have less experience in judging the correct speed for road conditions and making safe turns, or judging the safety of gaps in traffic. They also may be more easily distracted. Until teens gain experience as drivers, driving safely shoud be a steady concern — and National Teen Driver Safety Week tries to hammer home that message. Jim Adler & Associates strongly supports safe teen driving and the goals of National Teen Driver Safety Week. But the value of safe driving goes for everyone of any age, and at all times of the year. Let’s all drive safely. Let’s all drive to arrive alive.
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Erick Becker
Erick Becker
01:20 06 May 17
I am a Patrol Deputy for the Sheriff Office and while working one night, a drunk driver crossed the center stripe on the highway and struck my patrol vehicle head on with his pick up truck. Needless to say we (the drunk driver and I) were both lucky to survive, as the accident occurred at highway speeds. Following my release from the hospital, I knew that I would need to have someone represent me. My employer was happy to represent me in regards to prosecuting the driver for criminal charges but, can do little in respect to the recovery of financial losses for medical bills, pain and discomfort, time lost from work etc... This is how my relationship with Jim Adler and Associates began. Yep, you probably guessed correctly when you think of what made me choose the "Texas Hammer" to represent me. Those half obnoxious, half way entertaining commercials and radio announcements most Texans have been seeing and hearing on the TV and radio for years instantly came to mind. Yes, I wanted to "hammer" this S.O.B. for trying to kill me but, more importantly I was worried about the costs associated with the life long injuries I had sustained as a result of this drunk driver's negligent behavior. I contacted Jim Adler and Associates and so began our relationship. I was immediately surprised by the prompt attention and the expression of genuine concern for my well being that I received from the employees of Jim Adler's office. Now as you can imagine, lawyers are not a breed that is held in very high regard by people in my profession but, my experiences with Jim Adler's office and his employees have forced me to amend my way of thinking, at least on the civil side of the house anyway. I have to chuckle when I say that because my experience as a client of Jim Adler's firm has been exceptionally pleasant. So before I venture down one of the stereotypical and infinite number of rabbit holes associated with the relationship between members of law enforcement and lawyers; I will do my best to stay focused on my experience with Jim Adler & Associates. Upon being informed that my case had been accepted by Jim Adler's office; I was contacted by Iris Sanchez who informed me that she was to be my case manager and any questions, comments and concerns could be directed to her. I was pleasantly surprised to receive regular calls from Iris assisting with my medical appointments and future follow up appointments. Iris had informed me that Jim Adler's son, Bill Adler would be handling my case and I was even more surprised to receive several calls from Bill to discuss my case. Now you might be thinking "what's the big deal" with the person who is representing you contacting you? In reality, you are correct in that it isn't a big deal but, what is noteworthy and what separates Jim Adler's Office from the multitude of other lawyers is the genuine expressions of concern and the desire Bill Adler conveyed to me to do their best to help me. I felt an immediate connection and instantly realized I had made the correct choice in contacting Jim Adler & Associates to handle my case. One thing I think lawyers and police officers can agree on is the proverbial wheels of justice turn very slowly. Months go by and our professional relationship is never neglected. Through the unwavering attention of Iris Sanchez and Bill Adler himself, I never felt "out of the loop" so to speak and always had a clear understanding of where my case was at in regards to the legal process. In conclusion, I know my brief description of my experiences with Bill Adler and, his assistant Iris Sanchez, cannot provide the credit they deserve. Together they have done an outstanding job representing their firm/employer. If you are seeking a great firm to represent your legal interests and, take comfort in establishing a professional relationship that feels more like a friendship than a casual business acquaintance, then I highly suggest Jim Adler & Associates.
Tierra Clark
Tierra Clark
18:52 19 May 17
My lawyer Bill Adler and case manager Iris Sanchez are amazing! They constantly call and check on you . They keep you up to date through the process. They care about you as a person and not just a client. The wreck was a life changing experience that I've never been through before. I'm just glad I had the right people like Bill Adler and Iris Sanchez to help me through it. Truly satisfied.Thanks and God bless y'all!
Lorenzo Preston
Lorenzo Preston
17:23 26 Jan 17
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Tori Barroga
Tori Barroga
14:17 11 May 17
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Bernard Orozco
Bernard Orozco
17:16 23 Feb 17
I am very happy with Jim Adler & Associates. I did not know anyone who has ever used the Law Firm before. The staff is very friendly and treated me as if I were family. At times it got very stressful being without a job. They helped me when I was confused about the process. Mrs. Theresa Rodriguez stayed in contact with me constantly. Checking on me to see how I was doing and to let me know how things were going on there end. The Attorneys that handled my case know exactly what they are doing to take good care of me. Thank You so much Attorney's Mr.Michael Gomez and Mr.Trey Smith.
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