The Texting and Driving Statistics Are Staggering
- Drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident if they are texting while driving. – Virginia Tech
- One-third of drivers in the United States reported that they had read or sent text messages or emails while driving. – CDC
The truth is that there are a growing number of statistics, studies and reports that connect texting while driving to needless car crashes. Our firm has decided to make a stand against texting and driving by raising the stakes in our texting and driving cases to pursue punitive damages.
We want to take that fight one step further and announce a project aimed at the young people who are most often involved in these incidents.
Annual Scholarship To Stop Texting And Driving Accidents
There are 11 teen deaths every day from texting and driving.
The growing number of teens involved in life altering accidents with such a solvable cause is heart-breaking.
That’s why we’ve decided to do what we can by offering 3 students the opportunity to receive a $1,000 college scholarship for creating a video that helps stop texting and driving.
National Scholarship Opportunity
We want this opportunity to reach as many students as possible with this scholarship. To make that possible, one of the three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a student who is a resident of the United States.
Regional Scholarship for Students of Davidson County and Students in TN
Raybin and Weissman PC are proud to be based in Nashville, Tennessee so we will be awarding one $1,000 scholarships to a currently enrolled student in Davidson County, Tennessee. Our final $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in the State of TN.
How To Enter Our Video Scholarship Contest:
Video Prompt: Convince us that you will not text and drive.
Create a 30 to 60 second video on YouTube that convinces us that you will not text and drive. Craft your video so that your story convinces others to not text and drive. See the full contest details here.
To enter our scholarship contest please submit your entry and contact information below. You must either be a High School Junior or Senior or a full time college student. By submitting your entry, you’re giving Raybin & Weissman, P.C. permission to distribute and reproduce the content at its discretion.
2016 Scholarship Video Winners
- 2016 Davidson County – Zoe McCadams
- 2016 Tennessee -Claire Payne
- 2016 National – Rulan Volyar
Limits and Requirements for Scholarship Entry
Eligibility Summary (you must read and agree to the complete Official Rules)
- Video must be 30 to 60 seconds long.
- High school juniors, seniors and full-time college students may participate.
- Participants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
- Videos must be uploaded to YouTube.
- YouTube video description must include a link to https://www.nashvilletnlaw.com/scholarship/
- Individuals or teams (up to 4 people) may enter.
- You must have written permission for use of all content (images, audio, people…) in the video.
- Don’t do anything illegal or inappropriate in the video.
- And please, don’t text and drive in the video. You can simulate it but remember, we want to stop texting and driving.
- Make sure to read the complete Official Rules here.
Scholarship Video Winner Selection
Entries will be reviewed by our firm and then be judged on the creativity and merit of entries. Winners will be selected and contacted within 2 weeks of the deadline listed below for each scholarship.
All entries must be submitted by April 3, 2017 10:00 PM Central time.
Why would a firm that handles personal injury lawsuits hold a scholarship contest that could reduce auto accidents?
“Nearly half of my clients have been injured in car accidents that involve distracted driving,” says firm partner David Weissman. But as a parent of two teenage drivers, he knows that safety on the road is paramount.
“I get so tired of seeing cars weaving or driving 30 MPH on the interstate. You pass by them and they’re texting when they need to be paying attention to the cars and people around them,” says Weissman who leads our personal injury practice. “A couple years ago, my family and I were rear-ended by a driver who was texting. None of us were seriously injured but that was the day that I decided to do something to make a difference.”
Since starting the annual Stop Texting & Driving scholarship contest, over 5,000 students have entered. “Even though we’re small compared to some of the other campaigns to end texting and driving, I’m proud of the fact that we’ve had thousands of young drivers really think about the dangers.”
Past Scholarship Winners:
- 2015 National Winner – Read the winning essay by Rachel Dyet here.
- 2015 Davidson County Winner – Read the winning essay by Sarah Keil here.
- 2015 Williamson County Winner – Read the winning essay by Travis Burhart here.