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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

Save the MAMILs - Cyclist Injury & Death Statistics

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

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

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

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

Texting and Driving: Is It Time for Tougher Laws?

With more and more cases of serious auto accidents caused by texting and driving making news headlines, it seems that many Americans seem to be in favor of stronger distracted driving laws, tougher enforcement, and harsher...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

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

In the final regular week of work for the 120th legislative session, the General Assembly set to work through a statewide ban on texting while driving and ethic reforms – in addition to agreeing to a $24 billion budget for...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Rare SC Budget deal in the works H. 4701 - While S.C. lawmakers are working on a budget compromise that includes little new money for the state’s crumbling roads next year, state senators are debating a plan to spend...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House - May 2014: The House addressed the Ethics Reform bill while the Senate worked through the...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, giving third readings to many noncontroversial bills. On Wednesday, the House adjourned debate on all bills on their calendar...more

Utah Unemployment Law Update - Part 2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In this Issue: - Mobile Phone / Driving Laws - Unemployment Benefits - Facts - Procedural History - The Law - Court of Appeals Decision - Takeaway - Wrongful Termination - Religious...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Narrow medical marijuana approval possible in SC, H. 4803/S. 1035 - While a broad medical marijuana bill withered and died in the state legislature this session, bills allowing a more specific use of a medical...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

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

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

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