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Cognitive distraction focus of recent study

The use of hands-free technology has been widely touted as the most effective way to reduce incidences of distracted driving. Twelve states have completely banned the use of handheld devices while driving, and the federal...more

Smartphones, Maps, and Distracted Driving

What? Is texting and driving now legal in California? Not quite… But the California Court of Appeals has recently ruled that it is permissible to view maps on smartphones while driving....more

Texting Trouble: Who’s Liable?

I.M. Dense, a stockbroker employed by BI Lough was driving to a non-business event when he struck and injured a motorcyclist. On personal time, in a personal vehicle and using a personal cell phone, Dense admitted that he was...more

Texting while driving and related dangers

Because the problem of texting while driving is so significant, various agencies including the Federal Communications Commission have been working to create greater public awareness of the dangers related to this practice....more

Can sending a text message make you liable for a car accident?

In recent years, one of the most publicized societal issues has been the dangers of distracted driving. In particular, state governments have been passing laws banning certain types of cell phone use while driving. As a...more

Understanding Supplemental Spousal Liability Insurance in NY [Video]

Can I Sue If My Spouse Was a Negligent Driver? Distracted driving is emerging as one of the greatest dangers on the road today. People who text, check their cellphones, apply makeup, or even adjust the radio are...more

Can I Sue If My Spouse Was a Negligent Driver? Understanding Supplemental Spousal Liability Insurance in NY

Distracted driving is emerging as one of the greatest dangers on the road today. People who text, check their cellphones, apply makeup, or even adjust the radio are endangering themselves, their passengers, and other...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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