Sunday, January 11, 2015

"From One Second to the Next": short film from Werner Herzog on accidents caused by texting while driving

On the Sunday night of the Golden Globes (and honor to George Clooney), I made time only for a short film on Netflix Instant Play.  Regarding recent challenges to free speech, Clooney said “We will not walk in fear”. 
In 2013, Werner Hertzog made a 35-minute public service short film for ATT and Sprint to warn consumers about texting and driving, “From One Second to the Next”.

The film presents brief statements or “vignettes” of several people who caused horrific automobile accidents by texting while driving, and by some of their victims.
The film opens with an African-American mother taking care of a son, now about 14, quadriplegic and obese, and having to be on a ventilator all the time.  She says he would have been a good athlete. 

A woman who was texting ran a four way stop sign and hit him stranding waiting for a school bus.

The film then shifts to Indiana, where a young man with a family laments hitting an Amish trailer while texting, resulting in three deaths.  The father of the family writes him a letter of forgiveness.

Then in Vermont, a woman around 50 has become mentally disabled from head injuries after being struck by a teen driver who was texting.  The liability insurance company paid only the first $50000 if the $1 million medical and caregiving expenses.  The girl got 30 days in jail, 5 months home detention, and community service.

In Utah, a man texts and sideswipes a car on a two-lane road, forcing it to lose control and crash head-on in the other lane, resulting in two deaths. 

It’s striking how this affects other family caregivers, whose lives are compromised forever by something someone else did.  It does no good to talk about victims.

There is an issue that liability limits are too low, as medical expenses keep rising.  The only way you can get extended liability limits seems to be an umbrella policy, which may bring in unrelated activities (like Internet speech) unrelated to auto accidents themselves. 


Remember Oprah Winfrey’s “no phone zone”. 

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