Distracted Driving

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Kennedy Case Puts Rx Driving In The Spotlight

In February of this year, a New York criminal trial that might have otherwise remained a minor local story made national headlines because the defendant bears the Kennedy name. The prosecution alleged that Kerry Kennedy drove...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

Apps That Control the Temptation to Text and Drive

As we all know texting while driving is a big problem and it causes way too many fatalities each year. Although, New York is one of many states that have banned texting while driving, there are still a number of people...more

Car Accidents Caused by Texting & Driving

Distracted driving is the act of driving while performing some other activity that takes your attention away from driving. As you would expect, distracted driving increases the chances of a motor vehicle accident in San...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Distracted Driving Update: Looking at Map on Mobile Device While Driving Does Not Violate “Hands Free” Law

Overview: A California Court of Appeal recently held that using a cell phone solely for its map function did not violate Vehicle Code section 23123. The court found that both the plain language of the statute and the...more

Enhancements To The Ohio OMVI Habitual Offender Registry Ensure Greater Completeness And Accuracy

The long-term consequences of a drunk driving conviction make legal support more crucial than ever - In the interest of increased public safety, the state of Ohio took a bold step to discourage impaired driving. In...more

Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?

Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These...more

Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass)

In September 2013, Socially Aware took a close look at the potential legal issues confronting users of Google Glass, the now instantly recognizable, compact head-mounted display mounted on a pair of specially designed...more

Week in Review - February 6, 2014

As the world prepares this week for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, employers are being cautioned to address technology-induced liability. Many Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies banning employees' use of...more

You Didn’t Know Texting While Driving Was Illegal? Georgia Laws Are Rarely Enforced

Texting while driving is dangerous. But did you also know it is illegal in Georgia? ...more

Laws To Prevent Cellphone Use And Texting While Driving

Distracted driving causes 10 percent of all auto accidents involving an injury. Two causes of distracted driving are cellphone or smartphone use and texting while driving....more

Liable for Distracted Driving Even if You Weren’t in the Car? In New Jersey, it’s Possible

It’s well known that texting while driving can be extremely dangerous. So, it was perhaps no surprise when 18-year-old Kyle Best’s texting and driving caused a tragic accident in 2009 when his truck veered over the centerline...more

Distracted Driving Laws In Georgia

As technology advances, distracted driving has become a bigger problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than 1,060 people are injured and more than nine people die each day in the United...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

New Jersey Court Sends A Message To Texters

A lot is being said these days about the dangers of distracted driving but a New Jersey appeals court recently said something no one in the country has ever said before: that someone who sends a text message to a driver can...more

Texting and Driving Still Dangerous, Now Also Illegal in Florida

As of October 1, 2013 it became illegal to text while driving in the State of Florida. Florida’s new texting ban is in effect with a $30 fine for a first offense and $60 for a repeat offender. ...more

Put The Phone Down: New Jersey’s Clear Message to Drivers

Smart phones. They make us more efficient, but not always smarter. Indeed, these devices have relegated the roadside payphone to the ranks of museum artifact…but at what cost?...more

Police Crackdown on Distracted Drivers

Chandler police are ticketing people for texting and driving, even though Chandler does not have an ordinance prohibiting the practice. And judges are upholding the citations in court. ...more

Florida School Bus Driver Caught on Video Texting While Driving

A Hillsborough County eighth grader decided to video her bus ride, hoping to catch the bus driver cursing. Instead she captured video showing the female bus driver texting while driving and the school bus veering from its...more

Florida Bans Texting While Driving

You may be wondering why an article about the new Florida statute banning texting while driving is being featured on a banking law blog. Admittedly, texting does not have much to do with banking, but the new law should be of...more

California Employment Law Notes - November 2013

Employer Was Entitled To "Substantial Motivating Factor" Jury Instruction - Alamo v. Practice Mgmt. Info. Corp., 219 Cal. App. 4th 466 (2013) - In one of the first appellate opinions to consider the new jury...more

Driver “Talking On Cell Phone, Looking At Some Papers” Before Accident, Lawsuit Alleges

We all know that police in Ontario are cracking down on distracted drivers, particularly those handling cell phones or texting while driving. But now a private motor vehicle accident lawsuit is alleging that a driver was...more

Fatal Box Truck Accident in Anthem

On September 12, 2013, a woman was killed when a distracted truck driver failed to stop for stalled traffic on the highway. The driver stated that he reached down for a water bottle and did not see that traffic had come to a...more

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