Injury and death caused by driving under the influence of alcohol remains a serious health hazard affecting thousands of Americans each year. For us at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon P.C., the fight against drunk driving is personal. As a college senior, Partner Steven Benvenisti, Esq., a personal injury attorney was hit by a drunk driver while crossing a street in Daytona Beach, Florida. His head struck the vehicle’s windshield, and he was thrown almost 70 feet.
Steven suffered a traumatic brain injury, crushed bones, and severe internal injuries. The worst call a parent could ever imagine was the call from a Florida hospital requesting permission to donate his organs. While most worried that he would not survive, he miraculously did. He underwent 15 surgeries and spent five months in the hospital. Over two years, he relearned to walk, studied law, and passed the multi-state bar exam becoming a personal injury attorney and partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon P.C. Ultimately, Steven fully recovered from his injuries and became a motivational speaker saving lives and educating students about the dangers of drinking and driving.
A Personal Connection
Today, Steven’s commitment to MADD endures. He served as Vice Chairperson of MADD National and as a Board member for seven years. He currently serves on MADD’s New Jersey Board of Directors as its Chairperson and advocates for victims of drunk driving crashes.
Most of all, Steven is proud of his legislative accomplishments including the mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices which prevents convicted drunk drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sadly, drunk drivers claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people in a recent year and injured 300,000 more. At Davis, Saperstein, and Salomon, P.C., our DUI crash attorneys are passionate supporters of Mothers Against Drinking and Driving (MADD) and its longtime effort to curb impaired driving in the United States. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. is an official sponsor for the NJ Walk Like MADD event. We encourage everyone to participate in MADD New Jersey’s Walk Like MADD fundraiser on Oct. 23.
More About MADD
MADD is a grassroots nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent drinking and driving, provides support to those affected by drunk driving crashes, works to stop underage drinking, and campaigns for stricter policies regarding impaired driving.
MADD was founded in 1980 in California when Candance Lightner’s teenage daughter was tragically killed in a drunk driving crash. Every U.S. state now has at least one MADD office, as do all Canadian provinces. MADD continues to provide alcohol safety education and also serves victims of drunk driving collisions.
Walk Like MADD Event
Every year, MADD hosts an annual event called Walk Like MADD, which takes place in states across the country, including New Jersey. This event is a time for the New Jersey community to come together to raise money and awareness for MADD’s cause, with the ultimate goal of bringing attention to the problem of drinking and driving and working to prevent it.
The New Jersey Walk Like MADD event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Saddle River County Park. You can check the event page for updates. If you have additional questions about the event, you can contact Tara Spohrer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fighting Drunk Driving One Case at a Time
If a drunk driver injured you or a family member, turn to a legal team with personal insight into what you’re going through. Reach out to Davis, Saperstein, and Salomon, P.C. for a free consultation with an experienced and highly skilled lawyer. Call or contact us today.