As a tribute for the 15th anniversary of “9/11,” the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) announced a partnership with “End Distracted Driving” to inspire trial lawyers to give free presentations in schools to encourage students to make safe choices while driving and to be empowered, educated passengers. It should be noted that teenagers have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States.
A large number of Alabama trial lawyers located all across the state have already signed up to participate in the AAJ “Remember and Volunteer campaign,” which commemorates the Plaintiff trial bar’s volunteer response to 9/11.
Spain Park High School students in Birmingham were the first to hear the presentation and make the commitment to end distracted driving. It was reported that 380 seniors attended ALAJ President Ken Riley’s talk. Ken had this to say about the program:
Working together on this service project, trial lawyers have a chance to save young lives. Our organization is committed to increasing safety awareness, which will help prevent injuries and fatalities.
The Alabama Association for Justice is comprised of lawyers who are committed to the proposition of doing well by doing good. Those lawyers are fostering positive relationships with the public by serving and giving to others who are in need.
Distracted driving kills more than 5,000 people and injures nearly 450,000 more nationally each year. ALAJ is part of a national effort that will reach more than 100,000 drivers this year with the message to “End Distracted Driving.” This will address a most serious safety issue that is causing deaths and injuries in our nation’s highways. This is certainly a worthy project designed to make our highways safer and save lives.
Ginger Avery-Buckar is the Executive Director of ALAJ and she does an outstanding job. If you need more information on the project discussed above, or anything about the work of ALAJ, contact Ginger by phone at 334-262-4974 or email at ALAJ@alabamajustice.org.