By Beth Gibson, Director of Community Outreach
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we consider distracted driving one of the greatest menaces on our roads today. We see this casual act of negligence put our neighbors in danger almost every day. When we launched our first “Texts=Wrecks” Campaign in 2018, we wanted to educate our community about how to avoid distracted driving. But today, we also want to highlight its real-world consequences and how other neighbors are also working to stop distracted driving.
By Beth Gibson, Director of Community Outreach
More than 3,100 people died in the United States because of distracted driving in 2019, according to the NHTSA, and these tragic numbers keep climbing each year. In Virginia, more than 23,000 distracted driving accidents happened on our roads, resulting in more than 13,000 injuries and 120 deaths. Virginia lawmakers enacted new no-cellphone-while-driving laws this year, but unless every driver changes, no one is safe from a serious accident.
“Virginia Lawyers Weekly” highlights GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys’ community outreach this week
“Virginia Lawyers Weekly,” the Commonwealth’s go-to legal publication, featured GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys this week, focusing on our community outreach. Their article highlighted our “Car Seats for Kids” campaign and contest, described our “Texts=Wrecks” spring campaign, and showcased our other educational outreach efforts that we perform in our local communities.
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys has helped our community recognize local service superstars – medical workers, first responders and educators – during the COVID-19 crisis.
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is expanding our annual “Texts=Wrecks” campaign this year to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers in Eastern Virginia.
Eighty percent of all Virginia vehicle accidents in 2018 were caused by drivers being distracted, either by their phones or otherwise, causing them to take their eyes off the road, according to Drive SMART Virginia. Further, 65 percent of all near-accidents – close calls that almost ended in collisions – were also caused by distracted driving.
Our generous community donated more than 675 coats during our annual coat drive. We gave many of the coats to the Gloucester Salvation Army, the Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST), and the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center
Our fifth annual Fall Coat Drive has started, and will last through December 20, 2019! We invite you to drop off new or used coats from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at our office on 4073 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes.
We are again working with the Salvation Army in Gloucester, the Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST), the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and other local organizations to distribute the coats to people in need in our community.
GibsonSingleton says: “Say no to distracted driving, say yes to safer driving, and win our scholarship!”
It’s that time of year again! We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys are kicking off prom and graduation season a little early with our Texts=Wrecks Scholarship 2019.
The prize is $1,000 for college expenses, and the scholarship is open to any 3.0-GPA-or-above student in the United States. Whether you were born and grew up here, are a legal permanent resident, or are a DACA recipient, you are welcome to apply. The deadline is May 16, 2019, and we’ll announce our winner on June 13.
Our annual Coat Drive collected more than 640 coats from generous donors this fall.
We then gave many of the coats to the Salvation Army of Gloucester, the Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST), and the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center, which serves many homeless veterans. This year, we also gave coats to LINK of Hampton Roads, which helps men, women, and children in crisis or with basic unmet needs.
The team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys understands the value of community, and we take our commitment to giving back seriously. The partners of the firm, John Singleton and Ken Gibson, talked about one of our public safety campaigns in a recent interview:
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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.