Texting, Drinking and Tragedy: Ranking State Driver-Safety Laws | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

 Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

PRNewswire-USNewswire reports that “Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) will issue its state-by-state ratings of traffic safety laws” later this month.  And for the first time, the group will analyze restrictions placed on texting while driving–a problem that has reached a crisis level.

In each year over the last ten years, approximately 40,000 Americans were killed and another 2.5 million were injured as a result of  automobile collisions.  That translates into about 110 deaths and 7000 injuries every single day.  Laws vary from state to state, and some laws are simply too weak.

I represent victims of reckless driving, people who have been tragically injured or killed due to the carelessness of others.  State laws need to harshly punish those who intentional drive without due care for others on the road and those in their cars.  The consequences of reckless driving can be catastrophic.  I see lives and families ruined in a flash because of drunk-driving, texting-while-driving, and other reckless acts behind the wheel.

“The 2010 Roadmap Report on State Highway Safety Laws will grade each state and the District of Columbia on their laws addressing teen driving, distracted driving, drunk driving” and other safety laws, according to the article.  I will participate in the webcast of the report, and will inform you of the results of AHAS’s Report Card.  If your state gets a poor grade, fight for change.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and 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 serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous 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 named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.

Mr. Zambri has authored an article regarding how automobile collision cases are evaluated.  To read it, please click here.

To read an article published by one of Mr. Zambri’s clients, who was injured in a tragic automobile collision, please click here.

Many Americans are killed or critically injured each year in vehicular collisions.  If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899.