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05/06/10   |   By

Driving After Dark Increases Risk For Teen Drivers | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

According to a Washington Post article, a report by the Texas Transportation Institute, which used federal traffic fatality data from 1999 to 2008, has found that  “[d]riving after dark is the single most-dangerous risk a teenage driver can take and is more likely to result in death than drinking, speeding or disregarding a seat belt.”  The the study was released Thursday.

“Everything points in the same direction for this age group, and that is to the use of cellphones behind the wheel,” said Bernie Fette, one of the study’s authors. “Whenever you combine the nighttime danger and the cellphone danger with inexperience, you have created a perfect storm . . . Because teenagers have grown up with these devices in their hands, they feel a comfort level and a very false sense of security. They will tell you, ‘I can text with my phone still in my pocket, so I certainly can text while I’m driving.’ ”

As you know if you have been following my blogging, I give volunteer presentations to students at local middle and high schools, education teens about the devastating consequences of distracted driving.  If you have a teen, they should see my presentations.  Just let me know if you are interested, and I’d be happy to present it.

Please travel smartly and safely.

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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.  Mr. Zambri has also been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics 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.

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