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Car Accident Texting

Texas Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

by Littler on

On June 6, 2017, Texas became the 47th state to enact a state-wide ban on texting while driving. The new law (HR 62) prohibits drivers from reading, writing or sending electronic messages unless the vehicle is stopped. It...more

Smartphones and Driving DO NOT MIX

Tragic automobile accidents forever change the lives of those involved. I have seen it too often in my career. For the victim, a life may be tragically cut short. For the at-fault party, they will live knowing that their...more

Summer is the Worst for Teen Drivers!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has raised two teen drivers, lives near Calabasas High School and can confirm that the Summer is the worst time of year for teen accidents. In fact, according to a...more

Texting and Driving – The Evolving Theories of Liability

Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in the United States. In 2014 alone, Pennsylvania saw more than 13,964 crashes involving a distracted driver, including 49...more

Fatal Crashes Down Compared to 2016

by Howard Ankin on

Fatal car crashes are down this year compared to 2016 data, though it’s impossible to predict whether the trend will continue. 2016 saw an increase in traffic fatalities, with over 1,000 deaths in Illinois. Drivers should be...more

The New DUI Is…

Effective January 1, 2017, all residents of the state of California are prohibited from using their cell phones while driving. This does mean no texting, calling, Snapping, or Wazing – indeed, drivers are no longer allowed to...more

New Textalyzer App May Eliminate Distracted Driving

by Howard Ankin on

New York lawmakers have proposed to give police officers a new device called a Textalyzer to help reduce the high number of distracted driving accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. In Chicago, a car...more

Disturbing Facts About the Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Howard Ankin on

Driving distractions endanger the lives of drivers, passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. By educating the American public about the danger that distracted driving imposes and the impact it has throughout...more

High Tech Way to Prevent Texting While Driving

by Howard Ankin on

Technology can disable cell phone use while driving, which could prevent many texting-related accidents. Illinois law prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle. Calls, texts, and browsing the...more

Dangerous Days for Teen Drivers

by Howard Ankin on

As the summer is starting and school is letting out, more and more teens are on the road. Those first summer days – one hundred days specifically – after Memorial Day weekend happen to be the most dangerous days for teen...more

Stricter distracted driving laws: Will they make Chicago’s streets safer?

by Howard Ankin on

Back in 2014, changes made to legislation in Illinois made it illegal to drive while using any type of hand-held cell phone. Whether for texting or making phone calls, cell phones have since been banned in the hands of...more

Texting, Distractions, & the Law

by Howard Ankin on

The safe operation of a motor vehicle requires constant attention to the road and driving conditions. For this reason, the State of Illinois has passed several laws that prohibit the use of cell phones, tablets, and other...more

Distracted Driving and the Liability of Remote Texters

by Howard Ankin on

It’s common sense that driving while distracted is a dangerous combination. From sending text messages to talking on a cell phone, distracted driving caused by the use of cell phones and tablets is responsible for thousands...more

When is a Car Driver Responsible for a Mechanical Malfunction in an Accident?

by Howard Ankin on

Some auto accidents tied to vehicle malfunction might be the fault of the manufacturer or mechanic. Drivers too might be at fault for poor maintenance. By far, the number one cause of car accidents in Illinois are drivers who...more

California Laws Around Texting and Driving

California, like many other states, has recognized the great dangers inherent in “distracted driving.” Annually, distracted driving accounts for 6,000 fatalities nationwide. Texting, in particular, takes a driver’s eyes off...more

Texting Trouble: Who’s Liable?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

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

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

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

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