Tragic Florida Distracted Driving Accident Featured in New PSA

by Carmen Dellutri on September 1, 2011

Naples car accident attorneyThe tragic death of a young woman killed in a Florida car accident is now featured as part of the Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series.  As highlighted by the campaign, distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people and injured 500,000 more in 2009 alone.

Heather Hurd’s story is particularly tragic. She and her fiancée, Patrick Richardson, were travelling to meet a wedding planner at Disney World when a distracted driver claimed her life. A tractor-trailer, traveling at 65 miles per hour, hit their car and eight others while they were stopped at a red light. The truck driver, who was texting with his company at the time of the crash, never applied his brakes. Heather died at the scene.

To warn drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, the Hurds have shared their story. They discuss their daughter’s life, her laugh, and her goal of working at Disney World, which she brought to fruition. Since her death in 2008, the Hurds have fought to prevent distracted driving and helped pass Heather’s Law in their home state of Maryland, which outlaws texting while driving. They are currently working to implement a similar law in Florida.

For those Florida drivers that still text and drive, the video is available here.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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