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Write an Essay about the Impact of Distracted Driving and Compete for a Driver Safety Scholarship

Distracted driving is an increasing safety concern in Texas and across the United States. Young drivers are particularly at risk of crashes caused by using cell phones, chatting on social media, and texting while driving. As personal injury attorneys, we see too often the devastation that distracted driving accidents cause families in Texas. We are focused on making the communities we serve safer places in which to grow up and raise families. To further that goal, we have created a Driving Safety Scholarship to focus more attention on the serious issue of distracted driving and to help young people with educational expenses.

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Our attorneys at Tate Law Offices PC recognize the value of a good education as the foundation for a productive and fulfilling career. We are proud to sponsor scholarships to assist young people in furthering their educations.

Tate Law Offices PC will award three scholarships totaling $3,000 to students who are high school juniors or seniors or students enrolled at two-year or four-year colleges and universities in the United States. To apply for a scholarship, students should submit an original essay of approximately 500 words on the following topic:

How has distracted driving caused by texting and using social media or mobile apps affected you personally? What actions can local, state, and federal leaders take to help minimize traffic accidents related to distracted driving without overly restricting personal freedoms? What can individuals do to hold themselves accountable to practicing safe driving habits?


Tate Law Offices PC will provide scholarships to three student essayists selected as winners of the scholarships.










Each winner will receive a check from the law firm Tate Law Offices PC. These funds must be used to pay for education-related expenses. Any applicable federal, state, and local taxes on the scholarship will be the sole responsibility of the scholarship recipients.


The scholarship contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school and students enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Applicants who are 17 years old or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.

Applicants should submit an essay as a Word document or PDF, accompanied by a digital photo (jpg or png) of themselves, along with their name, school, and phone number.

Send the essay and information to


Essays and applications may be submitted starting on September 15, 2016.

The deadline for submitting an essay to apply for a Driving Safety Scholarship is July 31, 2017. The winners will be chosen by our selection committee and announced August 22, 2017.

General Rules

  1. Applicants shall submit an original essay of approximately 500 words.
  2. Send the essay and accompanying information to
  3. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that Tate Law Offices PC will own all rights to publish, distribute, and promote the essay.
  4. By submitting an application, you grant Tate Law Offices PC the right to use your name, biographical information, and photograph for marketing or other purposes.
  5. The winners will be chosen by a selection committee. The decisions of the committee are final.
  6. By participating in the scholarship contest, applicants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Tate Law Offices PC, its members, officers, directors, and employees against any and all liability and costs associated with the contest or the acceptance or use of prizes.
  7. Employees of Tate Law Offices PC, its boards of directors, and immediate family members are not eligible to take part in this essay content.

We wish you the very best in your efforts to win the scholarship and hope your writing and thought process causes you to become a safer driver!

Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.