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A Tough Reminder -- Distracted Driving Kills.

Posted by Dev Sethi | Mar 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

Brendan Lyons, and his fiance, Lorena, stand out as clients.  This firefighter and nurse couple were out for a birthday bike ride when a distracted driver ran them down from behind, changing their lives forever.  Since the collision, Brendan has dedicated his time to the cause of road safety -- the simple idea that drivers and bicyclists must respect one another and share the road.  His non-profit organization, Look! Save a Life, works to promote these issues.  From working toward a statewide texting while driving ban to providing one-on-one help to those who impacted by distracted driving, Brendan has turned his unfortunate situation into a force for good and positive change.

Yesterday was a tough day in Tucson.  In two separate collisions, both on the northwest side of town, several bicyclists were hit -- including a group of Colorado visitors who were struck by what appears to be an intoxicated driver behind the wheel of a commercial truck. Two of them were killed, dead at the scene.

It was a brutal challenge to Tucson's reputation as a bike friendly community.  In the heart of the glorious weather that locals celebrate and visitors travel to enjoy, Tucson has seen an unacceptable number of bicyclists hit by drivers.  Every collision brings a deep and wide ripple of impact.  And these collisions can be avoided by focused and attentive driving and riding.  All on the road have responsibilities.  But let's be real about it, an instant's distraction behind the wheel will kill a bike rider.  

This video that Brendan put together is now part of the presentations he gives.  Yesterday, just as he heard the news of the mass collision, he was walking on stage to present to a group of TUSD high school principals.  It is powerful, and at times tough to watch.  But in the end it is a tremendous reminder of the responsibility we all accept when we shift into drive and head out on the road.  I highly recommend you watch it.  

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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