In this country, Veterans Day is observed on November 11 while Thanksgiving
is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. You may not know
that on the third Sunday of November, the U.S. also takes part in a global
event known as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR)
intended to give recognition to the people injured or killed in traffic
accidents and the plight of their loved ones who must deal with the consequences.
Begun in 1995, WDR was adopted by the United Nations in 2005 as
“the appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes
and their families.”
On November 15, the 20th anniversary of WDR’s first observation,
we urge you to take a moment to reflect on those who work to prevent crashes,
those who live with the injuries, those who lost everything, and your
own driving habits.
Drawing attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs,
and prevention measures is not easy, often because the numbers are staggering.
Road traffic crashes kill nearly 3,500 people every day and injure or disable 50 million people
each year around the world. Road trauma is the leading cause of death
worldwide among people ages 10 to 24 and is the leading cause of death
in the U.S. to those aged 0 to 30. There were
more than 18,600 motor vehicle deaths from January through June this year, compared to 16,400 deaths in the
first six months of 2014 (a 14 percent increase). The estimated cost of
the deaths, injuries and property damage related to those crashes is $152 billion.
Traffic accidents happen for many reasons, including those beyond the driver’s
control, such as unsafe vehicles, defective roads, infrastructure problems
and poor weather conditions. However, the majority of accidents are caused
by human behavior. This means that if people made different choices --
better choices -- road accidents would be dramatically reduced.
Imagine the lives that would be saved if people didn’t drive when
they were drunk? Or tired? Or under the influence of drugs? What if people
chose not to speed, tailgate, or run red lights?
While these suggestions may not be practical, is it really so difficult
to expect people to not be distracted by their phones while they are driving?
We managed to do it just a few decades ago before smartphones were the
Despite a patchwork of state laws banning hand-held cell phone use while driving and texting while driving,
few people have addressed their phone addiction and changed this risky
One study found that 1.3 million crashes in one year involved cell phones, 77 percent of young
adults were very or somewhat confident that they could safely text while
driving, and 27 percent of adults had sent or received text messages while driving.
Research recently commissioned by AT&T found that 70 percent of smartphone users are on their phones while driving
and are doing a variety of activities such as checking social media, searching
the web, video chatting and taking selfies.
Everyone at Stabinski & Funt, P.A. wants our community and Floridians
everywhere to stay safe on the roads. While we hope that you and your
loved ones are spared the experience of ever having to endure a serious
traffic accident, we are here if you need us. We have helped many people
sort out their legal rights, responsibilities and remedies. We strive
to maintain client satisfaction and a track record of success in every
case we handle. If you wish to learn more about how our firm can be of
assistance to you, or you want to learn more about this topic, we encourage
you to contact us by calling 305-643-3100 or
filling out a free case evaluation form.