The attorneys of Alan Goldfarb, PA have worked to serve automobile accident victims and their families in receiving justice and just compensation for more than 40 years, as this firm has regularly been included among Florida Super Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and South Florida Legal Guide's List of Top Law Firms and Attorneys. But it wasn’t until a recent verdict that the attorneys realized the incredible dangers of distracted driving. Attorneys Alan Goldfarb and Rick Gunion earned a verdict of $8.8 million for the family of a mother that was killed by a teenager that had been texting while driving. Because of the growing reality of the dangers of distracted driving, Alan Goldfarb, PA is devoted to raising awareness and seeking justice for the victims of this needless and deadly habit.

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As the Virginia General Assembly considers a pending bill that would make texting while driving a criminal offense, one Richmond man has become a strong supporter of the ban.

On January 22, 2012 27-year-old Toure Lynette Thaniel was killed in a collision on Richmond's Chippenham Parkway that police now say was due in part to "speed texting" -- a deadly combination of speeding and text-messaging. Thaniel's car crossed over the median and collided head-on with another car coming in the opposite direction. Thaniel and her passenger, 22-year-old Shalina Perry, were pronounced dead at the scene; the other car's driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

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Texting while driving is not just causing a spike in auto accidents across the nation. It is also boosting insurance rates for the average driver.

A study conducted by 4autoinsurancequote.org, a provider of online auto insurance quotes, found that fatalities related to traffic accidents caused by cell phone distractions have nearly doubled since 2005. Much of that has resulted from texting becoming a more popular form of communication. In 2009 alone, distracted driving from talking or texting on a cell phone resulted in accidents that injured 24,000 people and killed another 1,000 people nationwide.

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