Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner.
As reported in the
Washington Post, just a few hours before Clarksburg High School's graduation ceremonies,
three members of the school's football team were sadly killed in a
single vehicle crash in Montgomery County, Maryland. Officials indicated
that speed and inexperience contributed to the crash, as the truck they
were in ran off the road and hit a tree, snapping the front axle and killing
all occupants. The operator had only been driving for a few months on
a provisional license.
According to the commander of the traffic division for Montgomery County
Police, "These young men took the full brunt of the force of the
truck hitting the tree. This is one of those beginning-of-summer tragedies
that hopefully resonates through the community so that people will proceed
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, based on analysis of
crash videos, distracted driving contributes to 58 percent of automobile
crashes that involve teen drivers, four times the earlier estimates based
on police reports alone. Peter Kissinger, president of the AAA Foundation
said, “Access to crash videos has allowed us to better understand
the moments leading up to a vehicle impact in a way that was previously
impossible.The in-depth analysis provides indisputable evidence that teen
drivers are distracted in a much greater percentage of crashes than we
The combination of inexperience and distraction is all too often a deadly
pairing for teen drivers. Crash rates for teens are higher than any other
group in the country. Federal data for 2013 shows 936,000 drivers between
ages 16-19 were involved in crashes.
The Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Association said the
statistics indicate a call to action. “This research is a call to
action to reframe the distracted driving issue, especially as it relates
to teens. Distracted driving is broader than just texting. In fact, interacting
with passengers led to more distraction-related crashes than cellphone
use. This reinforces the need for states to pass better passenger restrictions
as part of their graduated driver licensing program, and for parents to
limit the teen passengers that can ride with their new driver, regardless
of the law.” The District, Maryland and Virginia all have graduated
driver’s license programs and
restrictions on mobile device use by teenagers.
I represent people that are injured or killed in automobile collisions.
I see first hand the devastating consequences that can result from careless
driving. Please drive safely and enjoy life.
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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".
Super Lawyers recently named him among the "Top Ten" lawyers in the Metro
Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by
Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 100″ lawyers
in the entire 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 (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by
Super Lawyer magazine (2014) - national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.