Families Can Use as Discussion Guide to Pledge Safe Driving

(SAN FRANCISCO) June 1, 2010 – Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys), a catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, has created a Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract, in time for the summer driving season that kicked off Memorial Day weekend.

“As summer vacation begins, we traditionally see an increase in traffic accidents and fatalities among young people, and reckless and distracted driving is the number-one weakness of many teen motorists,” said Andrew Gillin, managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys. “In our effort to keep families and other motorists safe, our firm has created this free discussion guide to elevate attention on teen driver safety among parents and young adults.”

The safe-driving contract is intended to help initiate conversation about roadway safety, especially for teen drivers and their passengers. The agreement covers six areas pertaining to distracted driving, driving under the influence, driving a vehicle with minors, speeding and other rules of the road, and auto accidents. Each section includes specific pledges to prompt family discussion, and the contract suggests signatures to seal the agreement.

The GJEL Accident Attorneys Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract is available for download at https://www.gjel.com/news in an editable Microsoft Word format to help families adjust the content to their individual situations.

“We suggest parents establish a reward if the contract is fulfilled and a consequence when teens break their pledge to be safe as a motorist,” said Gillin. “If this contract does helps promote awareness, family discussion, and erase the fear factor among teens, then we’re hopeful about reducing the number of incidents of distracted driving this summer.”

Also available at GJEL Accident Attorneys’ News Center is a printable accident checklist, which provides tips on what to do in the event of a traffic accident. Teens are encouraged to carry a copy in their vehicle’s glove compartment.

About Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen
GJEL Accident Attorneys is a San Francisco Bay Area law firm representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Since 1972, Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen has obtained recoveries in more than 99 percent of its cases.


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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.