distracted-doom-driverI have handled many tragic cases involving pedestrians struck by cars. As might be expected when a car weighing thousands of runs over a fragile human body, death or multiple traumatic injuries are common.

A recent pedestrian fatality (the WETM story, “Man Hit by Car Dies” is pasted below) not two miles from my own home, got me thinking about just how careful we need to be when driving our cars.

Normally we think of our cars as transportation, or a status symbol, or a hobby if you are a car enthusiast. Rarely do we think of our cars as what they really are—CARS ARE KILLING MACHINES.

Used incorrectly or unsafely, cars can be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than a gun or knife. When you are behind the wheel of a car, you have incredible power at your fingertips. You also have the potential to inflict incredible injury in a micro-second.

Because of that potential for harm, it is SO important that we all be as careful as possible when driving.

I know this sounds simple but I can’t tell you how many people I see driving who are not paying attention to what they are doing—they are talking on their cell phone, they are eating, they have a dog in their lap, etc. Not one of these people is thinking that they might be seconds away from killing an innocent pedestrian, running down a bicyclist or hitting another car.

These people aren’t necessarily bad people—they are just distracted people. Unfortunately, distracted drivers often cause deadly accidents.

Sorry to pontificate, but I just wanted to take a few minutes to remind everyone of the huge responsibility to the safety of others that we take on every time we put the key in the ignition of our car. Let’s be careful out there and save some lives…

Thanks for reading and stay safe on the road,

James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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From WETM: Man Hit by Car Dies (Update)

Reported by: Sofia Ojeda
Email: sojeda@wetmtv.com

West Elmira, (N.Y.) –  The name of the man killed while crossing a street in West Elmira Saturday morning, has been released.

At around 7:30 Saturday morning, deputies say 66 year old, Philip Childs, of Ohio, was walking on West Water Street and crossing Forrest Hill Drive.That’s when deputies say 41 year old David Joyce of Elmira hit Childs with his Chevy Suburban.

Investigators say witnesses saw Joyce leaving the Wilson Farm across the street when the incident occurred.

Childs was sent by ambulance to Arnot Ogden Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

No word yet if any charges have been filed against the driver.

The accident is still under investigation.