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Distracted Driving

E-Cigarettes, Distracted Driving, and Car Accidents

There are many forms of distracted driving (texting and driving being one that we are constantly discussing, due to its seriousness) and recently, another one was added to the list: e-cig’ing and driving. While it is not...more

National Push for Speed Limit Increase a Bad Idea

by Michigan Auto Law on

Lawmakers who are pushing for speed limit increases nationwide aren’t listening to the research about how dangerous this is — as the combination of speed and distracted driving means more deaths on the road....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

Legislative Update for Minnesota Employers: Paid Leave Bills Advance, Cell Phone Hands-Free Bill Introduced

Employers with employees in Minnesota—and in particular, those with employees in the cities of Minneapolis and/or St. Paul—may be interested in the status of several bills that have been introduced in the Minnesota...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

NHTSA Pushes For Smartphones to Incorporate Automatic Pairing and Driver Mode in New “Guidelines”

by K&L Gates LLP on

New guidelines proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) earlier this month would encourage manufacturers of a variety of portable electronic devices to include technologies aimed at combating...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

NHTSA Regulates Cell Phones?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We here at the Dashboard are fond of writing about the ongoing evolution of the automotive industry into a technology industry. It seems that the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been watching...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....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

Measuring Brain Waves May Get Drowsy Drivers Off the Road

by Howard Ankin on

Drowsy driving is a huge problem on American roads. Some safety experts suggest that measuring brain waves could prevent drowsy driving among truckers....more

Cell Phones at the Workplace: Protecting Employee Safety

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard....more

Car Accident Deaths on the Rise

Despite more safety equipment in cars, car crash deaths are rising in California and across the country. Crash death rates have been on the rise since 2014, with California experiencing a frightening increase of 31%....more

Back to School — Back to Accidents!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg has noticed a shift. Within about a week, kids and their families have gone from playing around the pool and enjoying popsicles to getting in the car and either...more

Social Links: Twitter’s troll problem; Snapchat fat-shamer risks conviction; a federal anti-revenge-porn law?

Facebook Messenger joins the elite “one billion monthly users” club just four years after its release as a standalone app....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #5

by Zelle LLP on

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Last week, several blogs discussed what employers can do to limit the effect of the game on the workplace. HR Morning advised looking at information technology and social media...more

Pokémon Go in the Workplace: Oh Look There’s a Pikachu!

Did you know that the world is now inhabited by creatures called Pokémon? (Or maybe they’ve always been there?) Some run across the plains; others fly through the skies; and some live in the mountains….and some, yes, some,...more

Does Your Company Need a Pokémon Policy?

by Cozen O'Connor on

The latest craze is Pokémon Go, an app for smartphones that allows people to “catch” Pokémon creatures by integrating the real world with the virtual world. So what do you do if you see one of your employees wandering around...more

Safe-Driving Technology: Increasing danger behind the wheel?

Is safe-driving technology increasing our risk behind the wheel? While airbags, crash warning systems, improved child safety restraints, and shoulder belts offer safety benefits, so-called “infotainment systems” and...more

Pokémon Go and Car Accidents

Chances are, you have heard of the new Pokemon Go phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. Pokemon Go is a game played on a smartphone that encourages people to walk around to collect 151 Pokemon and is based off the card game...more

Please do Not “Catch” Pokemon and Drive!

Woodland Hills car accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is well aware of both distracted driving accidents and the new Pokemon Go craze! As a father of two and as a personal injury lawyer, the potential for catastrophic...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

How To Reduce Late Night Car Crashes

by Howard Ankin on

Late night car crashes will happen but increasing the available lighting can reduce the number of late night car crashes. There are generally a variety of reasons for late night car crashes. However, one of the most common...more

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