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Summer vacation is in full swing here in Virginia. It’s a great but dangerous time to be a kid. With no school, more children are out and about—walking, skateboarding, riding bikes, and crossing streets. Unfortunately, when children do these things, they have a greater risk of being injured or killed by drivers.
This is a real concern in Virginia: we had the third-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for children (age 19 and under) in the United States in 2015! All drivers need to be reminded that more children are out during the summer, and to SLOW DOWN and PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE.
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At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, the relationship with our clients goes beyond the ordinary. Some personal injury law firms are settlement mills, which means they take large numbers of cases, but don’t put it in the time and effort to get to know you and the damages the injury caused you. These types of firms settle for less than top value.
Ken Gibson and I don’t work like that.
After all the rain we’ve had this year, we Virginians are ready to get out and enjoy some summer sun. Having had quite a few 90+ degree days just this month already, we can only expect the heat to continue. But whether we’re at the mountains or beach, a cookout or softball game, or just out mowing the lawn, sun exposure and extreme heat can have serious consequences for our health.
We can all do our part to protect ourselves and our families from the heat, using a little common sense.
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys asked a lot from our 2018 scholarship applicants: “What can you do to help combat distracted driving? What will you say when your friend starts checking text messages while driving? How are you going to take what you’ve learned so far in life to make good decisions now that you’re “in the driver’s seat” as an adult?”
The responses we received were well worth it. Students across the United States went above and beyond to give us thoughtful, insightful answers. We selected six finalists on June 14, and we moved on to the next step—selecting a winner!
It’s time to wrap up this blog series introducing you to our six Texts=Wrecks scholarship finalists, because we need to choose our winner! Last but not least, meet 18-year-old Susan Li from Lincoln, California. She’s heading off to Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, to get a degree in Engineering in the fall. Here’s her thoughtful and proactive response to changing the way we think about and do driving as a culture.
Our next scholarship finalist is 18-year-old Mckennah Palmer from Eagle Mountain, Utah. She’s our first Western finalist, and we’re proud to welcome her! Mckennah will be pursuing a Computer Science degree at Brigham Young University, Idaho, in the fall. Here’s her strong and intelligent argument for never driving distracted.
We’ve met three fantastic individuals and read what they had to say about the dangers of driving distracted. We’re pleased to introduce our next scholarship finalist, 18-year-old Mae Dye from Gloucester, Virginia! She just graduated from Gloucester High School and will pursue her Bachelor of Arts at William & Mary in nearby Williamsburg in the fall. What does this local student have to say about staying focused while driving?
We met Gillian Pritchett and Katherine Harper, and learned about their personal connections to drunk and distracted driving. The next of our six finalists for our 2018 Texts=Wrecks scholarship is Lauren Mayer. Lauren is an 18-year-old Computational & Applied Statistics Mathematical Biology major at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She’s from Glen Allen, Virginia. Here’s what she had to tell us about why she’ll never text and drive.
Welcome to this new blog series where we celebrate the six finalists for our 2018 Texts=Wrecks scholarship. Our second finalist is Katherine Harper, who is 20 and lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is a student at the University of Georgia and is pursuing a degree in Health Promotion and MPH Health Policy and Management. Her story is a heartbreaking one that more people are facing as distracted driving becomes increasingly common.
Welcome to this new blog series where we celebrate the six finalists for our 2018 Texts=Wrecks scholarship. Our first finalist is Gillian Pritchett, a 19-year-old student at Wesleyan College in Georgia. Working toward her degree in Early Childhood Education, Gillian hails from Warner Robins, Georgia, and has a personal connection with reckless driving. We’ll let her tell you in her own words.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.