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Survivor of Distracted Driving Accident Shares Story with Students in Tennessee

April 08, 2019

TRENTON, TN – A recent news article published online by discusses a distracted driving accident victim’s journey to share his story with students and others following a tragic 2009 accident.*

In 2009, a man who is now a motivational speaker, was involved in a distracted driving accident that changed his life forever.  A driver who was texting behind the wheel drove the man off the road, causing his vehicle to flip and land into a ditch.  The man broke his neck in two places, paralyzing him immediately.

The man shared his story with students from Gibson County High School, stressing how important it is to avoid distracted driving behavior.  The man also discussed his physical limitations with the students, demonstrating that he is permanently in a wheelchair and can only use portions of his upper body. 

The man is hopeful that by showing teenagers what can happen when a driver is texting behind the wheel, the teenagers will choose wisely and ignore the ding of an incoming text message while driving.  Most drivers are eager to check their phones while driving, even though a message or phone call can likely wait a few minutes until a driver can stop somewhere safely.

Despite multiple distracted driving accidents that have happened over the past decade, with many of them resulting in fatal injuries, distracted driving accidents continue to happen. As such, the man and other survivors are sharing their stories to help shape driver behavior in the years to come. Many states, including Tennessee, are considering stricter distracted driving laws which may help to reduce the number of accidents that claim innocent victims each year.

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