Gabbay talks to local media about distracted driving accidents
Legislators and road safety advocates have been attempting to educate the public about an emerging phenomenon for several years now. However, it seems that as more information on the subject of distracted driving emerges, individuals increasingly tend to engage in this dangerous behavior.
In an effort to reverse this trend locally, Austin personal injury attorney Leonard B. Gabbay recently spoke to local media on the subject of distracted driving. “It’s as tragic as it gets,” Gabbay told KXAN earlier this month. “It’s as bad as drunk driving. It’s as bad and it’s as preventable as drunk driving.”
The prevalence of distracted driving behaviors among Americans began to spike dramatically when individuals started taking calls on their cellphones in the vehicles. When texting became popular, distracted driving behavior spiked again. Recent research indicates that webbing, or surfing the Internet while driving, is the newest plague to endanger drivers and their fellow motorists.
Attorney Leonard B. Gabbay has experience with the practical consequences of negligent distracted driving behavior, given that he represents victims in distracted driving accidents. Most motorists do not intend to endanger themselves or others when they answer a text while driving, but that seemingly innocuous decision can have deadly results.
KXAN notes that Gabbay is an advocate for heightened civil and criminal penalties for distracted drivers who cause harm to others. Gabbay also notes in the interview that the role of juries is crucial to ensuring that distracted driver laws are properly enforced. After all, if juries insist that such behavior will not be tolerated at home, residents will be forced to take note.
Source: KXAN.com, “Survey: Distracted driving on the rise,” Shannon Wolfson, Jan. 3, 2013