Crashes caused by distraction can be devastating, as drivers often do not have time to brake before a collision. However, many motorists still believe they can beat the odds of distracted driving. As a result, people still text and drive or allow other distractions to pull their attention from the road. In this video, attorney Salvatore Zambri illustrates the very real dangers of driver distractions by sharing an example of a previous car accident case he represented.
When people text and drive, and engage in any other habitual pattern of distracted driving, it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when the incident is going to happen. When the crash is going to happen. And how badly you’re going to hurt yourself, others in your car or others on or around the road. And when it does happen, you don’t get to go back in time. There’s no there’s no button you press that says, I want to go back five seconds in my life. I’ll tell you a vignette about a case I had. There was a young woman. She was a tremendous student, freshman, dancer at a school in Virginia. She was traversing from one part of campus to another and she had to go through a roadway that had a crosswalk. No traffic signs. No stop signs. It means, she’s got the right-of-way. A bus came and stopped in the right lane as it was approaching where she was going to cross the street. The bus stopped because that’s the rule the road. You have to stop and give the right-of-way to a pedestrian. So, she was moving right to left in front of the bus driver. There’s a second lane, a second through lane that goes in the same direction. And there was a person who drove through. Didn’t slow down. Didn’t stop. And he struck her. And her body flew up and smashed against the windshield. Where she—her head broke the windshield. She was thrown into the air about 15 feet and then catapulted about 45 to 50 feet down the road. And she laid there lifeless. That gentleman that struck her, he didn’t mean that to happen. But good people do really bad things. And it causes devastation. And one of the things I know he was thinking to himself is, I wish I just had that two seconds back in my life. Forget about the legal consequences of something like that. The ripple effect of distracted driving, any kind of reckless driving, dangerous driving, is tremendous. And we don’t get to press a rewind button. For a free consultation, to speak to me or anyone at our law firm, please contact us here. At Regan, Zambri & Long at (202) 753-4272.