Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member andpartner
In follow up to Virginia’s new law making texting while driving a
primary traffic offense, Virginia Beach reminded drivers via flashing
signs, "STAY ALIVE, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE." In a previous
blog posting, I summarized Virginia’s new texting law. A key piece of the new
law is that reckless driving can now be included in the charges in some
instances. Accident claims against texting drivers are becoming more frequent.
Cell phone records are now a standard piece of evidence in successfully
making those claims.
By now, every driver should realize how dangerous it is to drive impaired
or distracted. As more texting claims are made, hopefully drivers will
realize how dangerous texting while driving has become. In fact, an argument
can be made that texting is the more dangerous of the two practices. Drunk
drivers have slower reflexes and frequent misjudgments to what may be
happening in the road ahead of them. Texting drivers are not even observing
the road, effectively eliminating an opportunity for reacting to the driving
situation. In essence, they are essentially as dangerous as driving with
their eyes closed. While actively texting or reading, no one has the ability
to operate a moving vehicle safely. Distracted driving has become a serious
problem, and texting while driving is a big part of that problem.
My presentations about distracted driving over the years have emphasized
to teens and their families the dangers of distracted driving and consequences.
I don’t lecture on this topic to be preachy, but because I care
about educating drivers about safety while driving. Please be careful
on the road and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to
learn more about my presentations concerning distracted driving. You can
call me at (202) 822-1899 or email me at
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial
Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan
Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer
of the Year" (2011). He has been rated by
Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also
describes him as
"one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident
claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and
work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against
truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority,
and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest
settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri
has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by
Best Lawyers (2013 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by
Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2013)– national publications that honor the
top lawyers in America.
If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email
Mr. Zambri at
email@example.com or call him at 202-822-1899.