His firm, Aaron Sachs & Associates, now has several cases in litigation that involve text messaging. "We are seeing more and more," Sachs says. "It seems over the last few years, there are more people checking their emails, reading text messages or sending text as they drive. They take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel and in one split second they cross over the line and have a head on collision or miss a stop sign. The impact of that is tremendous."
Many of those accidents involve young drivers. Whether the distraction is texting, the radio or other friends talking, statistically it is a dangerous situation. Sadly, Sachs says, "More young people are killed in car crashes in one year than all the men and women killed in Iraq since 2003."
Sachs established his firm in Springfield 17 years ago as a plaintiff only practice.
He might have become an evangelical minister like his grandfather and his mother and father before him. However, with his parents blessing and encouragement, he found his calling in the law. "I think everyone is called at some level, just because you are not in the ministry, doesn't mean you don't have a ministry," says Sachs.
His firm handles hundreds of personal injury claims every year related to traffic accidents, many of them involving teen drivers. "A teen is injured in a motor crash every 30 minutes," says attorney Sachs. "The risk doubles when a teen has a passenger—and the percentage of teens that have reported seeing other teens using cell phones while driving is 50 percent." Moved by the alarming statistics Sachs volunteers his time and accumulated knowledge at high school assemblies.
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"I think some young people get it and some don't," Sachs says. "In one assembly some kids were laughing and some were in tears. The ones that are laughing are the future stories."
Aaron Sachs is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He is a member of the Association of Trial Attorneys of America, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Bar Association and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and the U.S. District Court.