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Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Support More Safety Education for Teen Drivers

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Support More Safety Education for Teen Drivers

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) February 5, 2011

A recently issued national report on the wide impact of teenage driving crashes reinforces a belief long held by the Virginia personal injury lawyers of Marks & Harrison: The best way to reduce teen car accidents is to raise teens’ awareness about the consequences of risky driving behavior.

According to the report, compiled by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance, more than 40,000 people were injured in 2008 in automobile crashes involving teenage drivers, with nearly 30 percent of the fatalities occurring to the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the car wrecks.

The report identifies four key behaviors that contribute to teen driving accidents and fatalities: Failure to use seat belts, speeding, alcohol use and distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or texting while behind the wheel.

In a news release announcing the release of the report, “Miles to Go,” one of the report’s co-authors points to startling statistics showing that more than 40 percent of teens fatally injured in car accidents in 2008 had a positive blood alcohol content, while 16 percent were reported to have been distracted.

“Reducing speeding and alcohol use, increasing seat belt use, and eliminating distractions for teen drivers are the four calls-to-action we see in this report that would have a great impact on reducing injuries and fatalities for all road users,” said the co-author, Dennis Durbin.

Those subjects have frequently been touched upon the attorneys of Marks & Harrison, a Richmond-headquartered personal injury law firm that represents car accident victims throughout Virginia, including those injured in drunk driving and distracted driving crashes.

For 12 years, as part of its community outreach efforts, the law firm has sponsored a teen drinking and driving safety program called, “Make it Home.”

The program was designed in conjunction with nurses in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the Medical College of Virginia, and it has been presented to more than 10,000 high school students throughout central Virginia in an effort to educate teen drivers about the tragedies that can occur if they choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

In the program, Marks & Harrison personal injury attorneys show a 20-minute video to students and participate in a question-and-answer session. Two of the firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers, Ryan Wind and James Mick Kessell, presented the program in November at Richmond’s Open High.

About Marks & Harrison

Established in 1911, Marks & Harrison represents clients in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, alcohol/drug-related accidents and pedestrian injuries. The firm features offices located in the Virginia cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Louisa, Charlottesville, Tappahannock, Hopewell, Staunton and Fredericksburg. To learn more about the firm and its car accident attorneys, call (800) 283-2202 or use the firm’s online form.

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Teen makes court appearance

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Chesco teen gets jail time in crash that killed 2

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Kansas City Attorney Chris Angles Explains Teen Sexting and the Law

Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) March 1, 2010

Parents of teens in the Kansas City metro area need to understand that in Missouri, sexting can result in felony charges, including exploitation of a child and creating, possession and distribution of child pornography.

Sexting is a variation on texting in which erotic images or messages are sent via cell phone. While teens may think sexting is all in fun, such messages could place them in violation of child pornorgraphy laws.

Sexting made headlines earlier this year when a prosecutor threatened to charge three teenage girls with child pornography when they took photos of themselves in their bras and some of those images ended up on their classmates’ cell phones.

“It’s important for parents to become aware of sexting and the potential legal ramifications,” said Kansas City attorney Christopher Angles of the Angles Law Firm ( “Ignorance is not a defense, and while parents may not think this affects them, the reality is that research shows that 1 in 5 teens are in fact engaged in this activity.”

It’s a nationwide phenomenon. Teenage boys and girls are using the built-in cameras in their cell phones to take nude and semi-nude shots of themselves and sending them to boyfriends, friends or classmates.

“Your best course of action is prevention,” Angles said. “As parents you need to take charge and understand how your children are using technology – from cell phones to the Internet. It’s your responsibility to teach them how to use it safely and to monitor their online and cell phone activity. Failure to do so could have dire legal consequences.”

The legal system is still trying to determine how to deal with the relatively new sexting phenomena. Some define sexting as pornography, while others view it as high-tech flirting.

“Missouri already has a law against texting while driving for motorists under the age of 21,” Angles said. “Now sexting is a legal concern as well. Just because your teens aren’t using their cell phones often doesn’t mean they aren’t sexting. Parents need to get involved.”

Angles says sexting raises a number of legal questions and advises parents to consult with an attorney to understand the legal options when a teenager faces legal trouble related to sexting.

“Parents need to understand what it would mean if their teen’s name ends up on a sex offender registry, which is one possible consequence of sexting,” Angles said. “They also need to know how to legally protect their teen if someone else has a nude photo of their teen. Parents should also check to see if the school has a policy regarding camera phones in school bathrooms and locker rooms. That could be key to protecting the children, too. There are a lot of legal issues to consider when it comes to sexting.”

About the Angles Law Firm

Criminal lawyer Christopher Angles is a criminal defense attorney serving clients in Kansas and Missouri. Angles vigorously defends those accused of serious offenses including homicides, drug offenses, robberies, sex charges and other serious crimes at all stages in the federal, state, juvenile and municipal courts. For more information, visit

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