Distracted Driving

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Snapchat Sued in Georgia Distracted Driving Lawsuit

A recently filed Georgia lawsuit seeks to hold Snapchat liable for a high speed motor vehicle accident that allegedly occurred as a result of the at-fault motorist’s use of the social media application. Snapchat users...more

Results mixed for Illinois texting while driving ban

Laws passed in 2014 to curb distracted driving, especially texting while driving, may have helped some, but fatalities and accidents in the Chicago area are still going up, studies show. A University of Illinois safety study...more

Save the MAMILs - Cyclist Injury & Death Statistics

According to a recent government report, MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) are the likeliest of all age groups and genders to be killed or seriously injured while riding a bicycle....more

The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy

Driving while tired is not an isolated issue, or one reserved just for truck drivers. In fact, over 1/4 of respondents in a recent study admitted to driving drowsy to or from work at least a few days a month and 37% admitted...more

The Downside to Lower Gas Prices: Auto Accidents

The price of gasoline has dropped significantly in the past few months, and experts say they expect it to continue to decline, or at least stay relatively the same. With the average price of gasoline projected to be only...more

Distracted Truck Drivers Continue to Cause Accidents

Plenty of people check their phones during their work day. According to one study, people check their phones an average of 85 times per day, and this does not exclude time in the office. But when someone’s office is the cab...more

Distracted Driving: The #1 Cause of Car Accidents

As any auto accident victim can attest, the negligent driver always claims that it wasn’t his/her fault. Fortunately for the individuals who suffer broken bones, emotional distress, and financial ramifications from being hit...more

Wrong Way Accidents

We’ve all been driving down the freeway when we see the shocking site of a totaled automobile facing the wrong way. Often, the driver has somehow managed to drive the wrong way down the highway, ending his drive by crashing...more

Aggressive Drivers Need to Chill Out

Aggressive drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road. Whether because they are late and in a hurry, or distracted by emotions and filled with rage, AAA estimated that 56% of crashes occurring between 2003 and...more

Holiday Season Proves Disabling, Deadly for Many Drivers

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an alarming 6.1 million police reported vehicle accidents in the United States in 2014, resulting in an alarming 2.3 million...more

Holidays Can Be A Driving Nightmare for Drivers and Pedestrians

While a time of joy and good cheer for many, the holidays can also be a time of stress — especially for those who are injured in Woodland Hills car accidents....more

President Declares “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”

By Proclamation, President Obama has declared December 2015, to be “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.” 80 Fed. Reg. 75781 (December 3, 2015). The President declares that “no person should suffer the tragedy of...more

Hands-Free Devices Cause Serious Distraction for Drivers

It seems that hands-free devices may not be the solution to our distracted driving they were once thought to be. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows some startling — and frightening — numbers about...more

Texting, Distractions, & the Law

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

Other Passengers: The Leading Cause of Car Accidents

These days, texting and driving gets a lot of backlash. And for good reason. In 2011, texting and driving was responsible for over 1.3 million car crashes, including many serious accidents in Woodland Hills. Statistically...more

NIOSH Drive Safely Work Week 2015 – Is Your Company (and its Policies) Ready?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS), through its NIOSH Science Blog, recently featured the Drive Safely Work Week campaign. The event is scheduled for this...more

Distracted Driving and the Liability of Remote Texters

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?

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

Status Updates: Driving while social; a small country’s Facebook ban; and Pinterest’s new purchasing feature

Driven to distraction. A frightening number of people are interacting with social media when they should be watching the road. As part of a public service campaign to stop distracted driving, the phone company AT&T recently...more

Map Apps, Distracted Driving, and Car Accidents

Many drivers in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley claim that Waze is the best invention since sliced bread. Waze is an app with 40 million registered users that shares real-time traffic and road info, with the goal of...more

Follow-up cognitive study looks at voice in-vehicle systems

The American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety has recently been involved in a series of studies aimed at determining the effects of cognitive, or mental, distraction on motorists....more

Distraction a common problem with truckers

Driver distraction is currently one of the greatest threats to motorist safety in Illinois. This has never been more apparent that when the drivers of large commercial trucks cause accidents because they were distracted....more

Voice-based vehicle systems focus of new cognitive distraction study

Many new automobiles come equipped with voice-based technology, which allows drivers to control certain functions of their vehicle with the sound of their voice. This technology was originally designed to minimize the amount...more

Study: Voice-activated vehicle systems cause distraction for drivers

When drivers opt to put hands-free devices and technology in their vehicles, they often do so under the impression that they are increasing safety for them and all those around them....more

What's Next for NHTSA and Automotive Safety?

This past year, we witnessed the GM Ignition Switch investigation, which involved massive recalls, multiple Congressional hearings, and civil penalties; the ongoing Takata airbag inflator investigation and recalls (and more...more

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