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Students in Bedford County, Virginia (VA), staged a mock car crash on April 14, 2012, to drive home the dangers of distracted driving.

The simulation involved real cars and real people as injury victims. They were “trapped” in the car covered in fake blood. One injured man was even air-lifted following the “wreck”. Why did they go to such lengths? To teach students the very real consequences of distracted driving, catastrophic personal injuries and deaths. The event was staged by Jefferson Forest High School YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out) and many students were the actual “victims” of the mock car wreck. It is believed that if fellow students are spreading the message, others may take it more seriously.

This mock car wreck was designed to give students a first-hand look and the devastating consequences that could come from distracted driving. Studies have shown that teenagers are more likely to die or suffer serious injury in car crashes due to driving while distracted. This weekend’s event occurred in conjunction with April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is estimated that close to 80-percent of all crashes involve drivers who are not paying attention. In this article the non-profit, Drive Smart Virginia, shares some tips for drivers to help prevent driving while distracted. Emphasis is put on teenagers and the influence that parents can have on their kids.

As experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers, this issue is very important to us. We have seen too many clients seriously injured, or worse, as a result of distracted driving as the number of car accidents and injuries is skyrocketing and teens are some of the worst offenders. It is imperative that drivers put down their cell phones and do their best to eliminate all major distractions while they are behind the wheel of a car, SUV or truck. And above all we, as adults, must set the right example for our children.

To learn more about injuries and wrongful deaths arising from accidents involving distracted drivers, please read this free guide prepared by an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer.


About the Editors: The Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

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