You registered up for the Trial Lawyers Care 9/11 project campaign. You’re ready to speak at schools and in the community about the dangers of distracted driving. But how do you get started?
Even for those who have previously registered as an End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) speaker, all America Association for Justice (AAJ) members who plan to be involved in the 9/11 project must be registered with the campaign prior to speaking. If you’ve signed up (for the first time or again for this project) and checked the AAJ or State TLA box, you’re now able to access the 9/11 campaign resources.
The next step is to set up presentations by connecting with your community. EndDD.org offers numerous materials including:
- The AAJ Distracted Driving Campaign training video
- An AAJ sample letter for reaching out to schools to set up presentations
- Letters of support from Medford High School and NSU University
- A page of student comments from previous presentations
- The Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Distracted Driving Report
These materials will help equip you with the information you’ll need to land some presentations. Before reaching out to schools and communities, it’s a good idea to download and review the official End Distracted Driving Campaign PowerPoint presentation, which is also available on the website.
Additional campaign materials are also available to help spread the message. You can download a presentation script and the Family Safe Driving Agreement, a handout for your audience to start a safe driving conversation with family members and friends.
For those who haven’t yet become a part of the movement, in 2001, AAJ organized the Trial Lawyers Care program to provide free legal help for survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks. More than 1,100 lawyers volunteered pro-bono to help the survivors apply for help from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Through AAJ’s organization and trial lawyers’ tireless efforts, we were able to give back to a deeply suffering community. Trial Lawyers Care didn’t stop there, however. Now, on the 15th anniversary of September 11, AAJ is calling on its members to volunteer their time and service to speak with teens about the dangers of distracted driving.
Through EndDD.org, hundreds of lawyers have given presentations in middle schools, high schools, colleges and elsewhere to help stop this national driving epidemic. These efforts have helped EndDD.org reach more than 300,000 people in the United States and Canada.
Lawyers offer a unique perspective in the presentations, too. As legal advocates, trial attorneys see firsthand how distracted driving kills and injures people every day. They have seen the devastation that follows knowing the crashes could have been prevented if the driver had practiced safer driving habits.
Trial lawyers are once again giving back, this time to save lives. Click here for more information about the program.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).