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Documentary focuses on accidents caused by texting and driving

On most days, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint are business competitors trying to sell cellular phones and other devices. In a rare move, however, the four companies have momentarily set aside their competition and have come together to sponsor a new documentary that discusses a serious problem occurring on roadways in California and across the nation. 

This YouTube documentary titled “From One Second to the Next” was directed by Werner Herzog and tackles the issue of texting and driving. It is expected that this video will be shown to high school students to educate them on the danger of using their mobile devices while driving. Students who take part in the It Can Wait project are asked to pledge that they will not participate in the nation’s texting and driving epidemic. 

The video tells four tragic stories of car accidents that occurred because someone was texting and driving. One of the stories features a young boy who on the side of the road when he was hit by a distracted driver. That boy is now paralyzed and his life is forever changed.

Unfortunately, these circumstances are not rare enough. It is projected that 660,000 people a minute use their cell phone or mobile device while driving during daylight hours. As a result, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that in 2011, 387,000 people were injured in car collisions because of a distracted driver.

If you have been injured in a car accident because of a negligent driver, you may want to contact an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills or pain and suffering.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Stop texting and driving! (Here’s a video that might help),” Matt Pearce, August 13, 2013

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