Each year, GJEL serves hundreds of clients who have been injured in roadway accidents around California. Our attorneys work hard to help them repair their bodies and lives, but can only do so much after the fact.

The work we do is to correct damage done, but there are plenty of admirable organizations that strive to prevent these tragedies. It’s these special charities and advocacy groups that we seek to honor in our Winter Charity Donation Contest, which just launched on Facebook (CONTEST LINK) and will run until COB Monday, December 19th.

The following five organizations will be participating (also described in better detail below):

  • Impact Teen Drivers
  • MADD California
  • Safe Moves
  • TransForm CA
  • Walk San Francisco

People can vote on the five charities and advocacy groups we’ve selected, and we’ll donate $1,500 to the group that receives the most votes. The second place organization will receive $500, and because we are thankful for every one of the nominees, the three other runner ups will each receive $250 as well.

We think this will be a great way to support these organizations, and we hope it will also have the secondary benefit of helping each group’s members learn more about other great California street safety organizations.

We hope you will participate! For just a few moments of your time, you can help out a great charity that helps keeps the streets safer for you and your loved ones. Again, here is the link to the contest, and please be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook!

In no particular order (we don’t want to influence the results!) here are descriptions of the groups we’ll be supporting with this contest:

Walk SF:

WalkSF is “San Francisco’s Pedestrian Advocacy Organization.” The group has been around since 1998 and has blossomed into a larger, more impactful organization in the last year. Walk SF improves San Francisco’s walking environment through activism and policy advocacy that educates residents, city agencies, and elected officials regarding the need for more pedestrian-friendly streets.

MADD California:

MADD is the largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD’s California office in Sacramento helps organize events, volunteer work, and educational efforts to prevent drunk driving and support services for those whose lives have been scarred by drunk driving.

Impact Teen Drivers:

Since 2007, Impact Teen Drivers has been working to inform teens of the dangers of reckless and distracted driving through online campaigns and its work in high schools in California and around the U.S. We have reached over 2,000,000 high school students all across America, and we continue to lead the effort in educating teens about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.


TransFormCA is your advocate for making world-class transportation and wonderful, walkable and bikeable communities the norm – not the exception – in the Bay Area and California. Among other important advocacy efforts, TransFormCA works with local schools and their communities to make it safe for students to walk to school every day.

Safe Moves:

Safe Moves is recognized as the leading authority in traffic safety education in the country. Safe Moves has not only been credited with saving thousands of children’s lives through education, but also through legislation with new traffic safety laws. Safe Moves has been featured on “The Today Show”, “Dateline” and “Oprah” as well as in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Newsweek.

Thank you, and good luck to all the participating charities!


Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.