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Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 2 - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations - Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass) - U.S. Courts’ Evolving Approaches to...more

Do Not Text A Driver In New Jersey

If you text and drive, do not — it is against the law. If you text someone you know is driving, do not — you just may be held responsible if an accident occurs because the driver is distracted by your text. ...more

Aggressive Drivers And Road Rage In Auto Accidents

Aggressive drivers endanger the lives of pedestrians and the public by weaving through traffic to get to their destinations on time. Many speed on busy roadways and fail to signal as they shift from lane to lane....more

N.J. Court Rules: Texters Can Be Found Liable For Texting And Driving From Their Living Room—The Implications For E-discovery

Locals were stunned when a New Jersey Appeals Court held “that a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text...more

Standing Up Against Distracted Driving in Georgia

According to a recent study done by Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, more than 3,000 teenagers die every year from texting while driving, while only 2,700 die from driving under the influence of alcohol....more

Finding Evidence Of Distracted Driving

Even though distracted driving is a factor in one out of every 10 accidents in the United States, finding proof is not always easy. While some drivers might slip, most will rarely volunteer harmful information about what they...more

How Distracted Driving Affects Liability

Distracted driving is a major issue throughout the United States and one that has recently come to the fore of public attention. In 2011, distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of injury accidents and resulted in more...more

BEWARE – Texting Someone You Know is Driving a Car May Make You Guilty of a Crime.

A recent decision issued by the Superior Court, Appellate Division, Kubert v. Best, has garnered a fair degree of attention because of its clear impact on civil automobile accident litigation....more

Litigation Outlook: Sender Beware: Texting a Driver May Impose Liability on the Sender

Last year, we wrote about the corporation’s responsibility to put a stop to the employee’s dangerous and potentially fatal habit of texting while driving. Several developments have occurred in this quickly changing area of...more

Liability In NJ Texting-While-Driving Claims Stops With The Driver

Many accidents involve only two parties — a driver whose negligence caused the accident and an individual who suffered injuries because of the negligence. However, many accidents may involve liability on the part of multiple...more

Proposed NJ Bill Would Permit Police Cell Phone Search But May Help Protect Victim Rights In Car Accidents

Distracted driving in the United States injured an estimated 387,000 people in 2011 and killed 3,000 more. An increasing number of distractions each year involve the use of cell phones. No wonder, then, the New Jersey Senate...more

Washington’s Counties Face Potential Liability for Citizen’s Drunken, Reckless Driving

In a case widely reported by the national media, the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that a governmental entity may face liability for faulty road design that leads to injuries in car crashes, even when the...more

Texting Accidents In New Jersey: Who Is Responsible?

A New Jersey accident involving a pickup truck and two motorcyclists helped establish an important rule on liability when phone texting is the cause of the mishap. ...more

New Jersey Contemplates Raising The Bar For Distracted Drivers

In 2012, more than 590 people died in traffic accidents in New Jersey. That was 32 fewer than the previous year— a 5% decrease....more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Distracted Driving - Looking at Map on Cell Phone While Driving Violates “Hands-Free” Law

Overview: The Appellate Division of the Fresno County Superior Court recently held that using a cell phone solely for its map function violated the Vehicle Code. Section 23123(a) prohibits driving while “using” a cell phone...more

Despite The Risks, Distracted Driving Is Still On The Rise

Distracted drivers endanger not only themselves, but also occupants of other vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk. With the rising popularity of smartphones, the problem only continues to get worse....more

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Everyone, it seems, is plugged into a cell phone or tablet, texting, talking and surfing the web. But when misused, the convenience of ubiquitous communication can quickly become a menace, particularly if a driver decides to...more

Can We Decrease Distracted Driving Accidents?

After decades of public education and strict legal penalties, the United States is finally seeing a reduction in the number of drunken driving accidents and fatalities. Unfortunately, injuries and deaths resulting from...more

Alabama Drivers Continue To Find New Distractions On The Road

Distracted driving is an ever-growing and ever-evolving issue as new technology is developed to prevent drivers in Alabama from focusing on just driving. First, cellphones came along, and with them new distractions like...more

Pay Attention to This! Distracted Driving in Ontario

Most Ontario drivers are now well aware of the fact that it is illegal to use hand-held devices will driving. Since October 26, 2009, this new law has been in force. The “cell phone while driving ban” was introduced through...more

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