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Michigan Auto Law Attorney Brandon Hewitt shares real examples of distracted driving car accidents with Grand Rapids students at Byron Center

The message to teen drivers in West Michigan: “Distracted driving car accidents can happen to you.”

Brandon Hewitt is a Grand Rapids native who became a successful lawyer. He works primarily in the law firm’s Grand Rapids office and helps many West Michigan clients injured in car accidents – many caused by texting and driving.  And now Brandon is  using his own legal experience to teach local high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.

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Distracted driving: One call could change everything

Share these videos with your teenage drivers during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

During this Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our attorneys are focusing on ways to help parents better communicate with their teens about safe driving. This is because teens are more likely to use cell phones while driving, and they’re more likely to be injured or killed in car crashes caused by distracted driving.

Here are two powerful videos from the National Safety Council on the consequences of distracted driving. Please share them with your teen drivers and loved ones.

One call can change everything

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Michigan Auto Law attorneys teaching high school students about distracted driving

Recently,  attorney Brandon Hewitt  spoke at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills. Brandon was there to talk with the students about the dangers of distracted driving, to discuss Michigan’s texting law, and how unsafe it is for drivers to text and drive,  and to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Car accidents are one of the top killers of teenaged drivers in the U.S.: each year, more than 4,000 teen drivers  lose their lives in car accidents caused mostly by distracted driving.

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On this Distracted Driving Awareness Month, how do you talk to your teen about safe driving?

Tips on talking to your teen, latest stats on teen distracted driving dangers and how Kelsey’s Law in Michigan now affects your own teen driver

Distracted Driving Awareness Month, talking to your teen drivers

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. And Distracted Driving Awareness is a great time for all parents to sit down and teach their young drivers about the real dangers of teen distracted driving.

The mistake many parents make is thinking that the conversation about safe driving ends when teens get their licenses. But the science is very clear that how these new drivers drive during those first few months sets the pattern for all future driving behavior.

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Michigan Auto Law attorney speaking at Andover High School on distracted driving

Attorney teaching teens the dangers of distracted driving, and texting and driving

teen distracted drivingToday and tomorrow, Brandon Hewitt will be speaking at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Brandon will be speaking for two days to high school students about the dangers of distracted driving, and how truly dangerous it is for young drivers to text while driving and to drive impaired.

Brandon will share his own experiences as an auto accident lawyer with the students — real stories of young people who were seriously injured or killed – because they were texting behind the wheel or driving impaired or otherwise distracted.

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13 dangerous distractions that cause teen car accidents

Reduce the risk of of your teen being involved in a car accident

I found this list on teen driving distractions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Teen drivers are actually at the greatest risk for distracted driving.

This occurs because teens often drive with other teens in the car, use cell phones while driving and engage in behavior that will cause distracted driving. The distracted driving dangers are compounded because teenagers are inexperienced drivers, and are statistically the group most likely to cause a car accident. Sadly, I’ve seen all 13 factors below as the cause of serious car accidents first-hand, and the most important take-away here is that all 13 are completely preventable. These things do not need to be done when you are driving.

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Teen distracted driving: Graphic teen crash video by MDOT

Distracted Driving Awareness Month highlights most dangerous and deadly behavior by Michigan teen drivers

We’re into the last week of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and as auto accident attorneys we would like to turn today to the subject of teen driving. To be clear, distracted driving poses a dangerous threat for all drivers. Since I’ve received more than a few e-mails over the years on this subject, mostly from angry teens who feel they are being unfairly singled out by blogs like this one, I guess the answer is, yes, you are being singled out. But teen drivers are singled out for a reason. Studies and statistics repeatedly show teens to be the most deadly drivers of any age group (the elderly are second).

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