Driving is dangerous, cars are dangerous, we’ve all heard variations of this message. Yet, everyday drivers make bad decisions, and because of those decisions, lives are lost and innocent people suffer life-altering injuries. As personal injury attorneys, it’s our job to tell our client’s stories and to ensure they receive the justice they deserve. Justice means different things to different people. To us at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, justice means holding negligent individuals accountable. Beyond seeking monetary compensation, we also aim to help prevent future tragedies.
In 2011 we launched Commit to Quit, a public service campaign and program designed to educate young, at-risk drivers of the dangers of driving distracted. Our multifaceted Commit to Quit program includes free high school presentations, public service announcements via television, radio, and billboards, as well as various community events throughout the year.
In 2013 our client, Eric, was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by a distracted driver. Eric survived the crash with serious, life-altering injuries. Eric, just 28 years-old at the time, was informed his leg would need to be amputated. In an instant, his life changed forever. Eric, a remarkable young man, was committed to rebuilding his life, and in doing so, he changed the lives of countless others.
When we asked Eric if he’d be willing to get involved in our Commit to Quit program he was more than willing. Eric joined Managing Partner, Andrew Finkelstein, on a number of appearances and outings where he bravely told his story and urged others to drive distracted free. Eric’s powerful message was heard throughout New York State. The driver who struck Eric made an extremely poor decision when she decided to text behind the wheel. That decision, and it’s repercussions can’t be undone. Eric, however, made a courageous decision when he agreed to share his account of what happened, re-living the crash and its aftermath. By informing drivers about the very real consequences of distracted driving, Eric undoubtedly made a lasting impact on those who he reached.