EndDD in the News Prepares for April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month – This Year is Different

Before July 17, 2009 I had never heard of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. For that matter, even though I am a lawyer who has represented hundreds of families in distracted driving cases over the years, I regularly drove distracted. What changed on July 17, 2009? My 21-year old daughter Casey was killed by a distracted […]

Preventing Teen Distracted Driving Crashes – The American Association for Justice’s New Lawyers Division

Leslie Pescia speaking at Westlake High School

Today, much of my professional time is spent developing and presenting educational programs to reduce distracted driving tragedies. I started shortly after my daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009. She was killed when she was 21 and she would be 28 years old today, had she lived. Immediately after Casey’s death […]

The Landscape of Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is an increasing and deadly problem that presents questions lawyers and courts will need to grapple with. In 2009, Webster’s New World College Dictionary’s “word of the year” was “distracted driving.” The dictionary’s editors noted that “distracted driving is another reflection—and consequence—of our ongoing romance with all things digital and mobile and the […]

Students Will Change the Way We Think About Distracted Driving

video contest

The 2017  SADD “Friends  Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” National Video and Meme/GIF Contest Traffic fatalities are increasing across the country and crashes caused by distracted driving are increasing faster than those caused by drunk driving, speeding and failing to wear seat belts.  Clearly we need to do something about it now. As a society […]

Father dedicates life’s work to ending distracted driving

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A father has turned his life’s work into educating people about the dangers of distracted driving after his daughter was killed in an accident blamed on the practice. “I’m tired of looking at the anguish in a mom’s face when she says, ‘remember my dead daughter, remember my dead son,’” said Joel Feldman, […]

CEO Mary Powell Promotes Safe Driving Among GMP Employees

Distraced Driving Advocate

When thinking of strong advocates of safe driving, one’s mind does not immediately think of the CEO of a power company. Yet, that is exactly what Mary Powell is. As president and CEO of Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP), Mary has earned many honors for her forward-thinking business model. She was named Powergen’s 2014 Woman […]

Lawyers Need to Do More When Representing Families Whose Loved Ones Have Been Killed by Distracted Driving

Distracted driving deaths are sudden and unexpected. In 2015 more than 10 people died and more than a thousand were injured every day in the U.S. from distracted driving . These are the worst statistics since 2008.   But of course, distracted driving statistics don’t capture how these deaths and life-altering injuries affect families.  Family members […]

Meet Pamela Nichols: The Busy Body Helping to Put an End to Distracted Driving

Pamela Nichols is busy—and she prefers it that way. “I’m a say yes person,” she said. Nichols is a trial lawyer by day: she not only practices law and manages the firm, but has been a partner at O’Connell and Aronowitz since 1997. With the rest of her time, Nichols promotes presentations, participates in Albany’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), […]

Social Media Apps are Too Dangerous to Use While Driving – Joins with the Partnership for Distraction-Free Driving to Launch a Petition to Save Lives

Manufacturers of social media apps have a responsibility to warn users not to drive while using their apps, and, in some cases, to disable the app so that it cannot be used while driving. To reduce distracted driving crashes End Distracted Driving ( has joined the Partnership for Distraction-Free Driving in launching a petition drive to encourage social media companies to do the following [….]

The Snapchat Distracted Driving Lawsuit: What Legal and Moral Responsibilities do App Manufacturers Have With Respect to Distracted Driving?

Whether it’s texting, accessing Facebook, taking selfies or using other apps, including Snapchat, we have become a nation of distracted drivers. So what is different about the “Snapchat distracted driving lawsuit?” It is because not only was the distracted driver sued, but also Snapchat, the manufacturer of the app the driver was using at the time of the crash [….]