Safety Advocacy in Columbia, MO
As a personal injury law firm, we are committed to making our community a safer place to live, work, and enjoy. A major part of what drives each firm member at work every day is seeing the positive impact we achieve by making our community safer through our community outreach programs and through our work in the justice system.
“We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
–- John F. Kennedy
We know it’s easy to write about how to make the world a safer place, or to advertise that we’d like to make the world a safer place, but ultimately we know it comes down to action and to live what we preach. Founding member Mike Campbell’s life was drastically changed when he lost his dad in a preventable bicycle wreck. That experience shaped Mike Campbell’s life and has driven him each day to work to make the world a safer place.
Some of the highest praise he’s received was when a local city councilperson told him that “he practices what he preaches,” after Mike lobbied the City of Columbia to pass a distracted driving ordinance (which passed).
Here are just a few things we’re working on in our community:
Sober Driver and Distracted Driver Programs
“What would we do if a plane crashed today and 100 people died? What would we do if it happened again tomorrow? And the next day? We’d ground air traffic. We wouldn’t live with that. It’s been going on every day on our nation’s roadways for the last 40, 50, 60 years.”
–- David Teater, NSC Transportation Expert
Nearly everyone we know and love drives on our community’s roadways. Because of distracted and drunk driving, those roadways are less safe by the day. But, we can make a difference. Recently our firm started a campaign to raise an awareness about distracted driving. We were able to share the information from that campaign with Columbia City Council members, and the Mayor, to encourage them to pass a distracted driving ordinance. That ordinance passed in December 2017.
The firm also promotes safe driving, especially around the Holidays. Every New Year’s Eve, the Firm pays for rides for people who pledge to get a sober ride. When the Firm started this program several years ago, it was the first of its kind in the area.
Now there are multiple organizations and local communities providing sober rides on every New Year’s Eve! We are proud to say that we have raised awareness and have purchased numerous rides for people who agreed they would get a sober ride home on New Year’s Eve.
Every year, the firm makes a commitment to focus on safety issues that are plaguing the community. In 2016, we focused on roadway safety and provided the community with a number of informational blogs about ways we could all increase safety on the roadways:
- What Can Be Done About Missouri Car Accidents?
- Improving Auto Safety: “Crash” vs. “Accident”
- The Dangers of Driving While Distracted
- The Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated
- Understanding the Dangers of Speeding
In 2017 and into 2018, our firm’s focus has shifted to raising awareness about the rights of crime victims. We’ve written numerous articles on how crime victims can protect their rights and how they can assist in a successful prosecution of both a criminal and civil case.
For more information about crime victims and their rights, please see the below articles and see our YouTube links for how to track the criminal offender’s case as it moves through the justice system:
- Steps You Should Take as a Victim of Crime on Private or Public Property
- What to Do After Being Assaulted in a Missouri Parking Lot
- What Limits Are in Place for Suing After an Assault/Crime?
- Bar Fights and Your Rights
Firm founder Mike Campbell has also attended the annual Missouri Traffic and Safety Conference, is an avid supporter of Missouri’s “Think First” program, and was recently published in the Missouri Association of Trial Attorney’s Quarterly magazine encouraging his fellow trial attorneys to become safety advocates in their community.