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Car Accident Distracted Driving

Should We Say Car Crash or Car Accident? The Language We Use to Classify Auto Collisions can be Important

Personal injury lawyers discuss the language we use to talk about traffic collisions, and whether it makes a difference if we say “accident” or “crash.” It is important for drivers to know the risks of negligence on the road...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - September 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Distracted Driving: Not the End of the Road - As a claims professional or attorney, never jump to conclusions when you learn about a distracted driver claim. As the facts surrounding the accident begin to develop,...more

Distracted Driving Increases Number of California Car Accidents

California is cracking down on distracted driving, especially in the form of texting and driving. If you are behind the wheel in California, you are now no longer able to hold your cell phone in your hand for any reason. This...more

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

You Should Know - May 2017

Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Driving - April showers have given way to May flowers, encouraging walkers and bicyclists to get out and enjoy the weather. Long walks and leisurely bike rides can be...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

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

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

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

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

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

Do Warnings Work?

by Butler Snow LLP on

We observed some while ago that at least some courts have questioned the “heeding presumption,” which presumes that if a manufacturer gave a warning, a consumer would have followed it. The Nevada Supreme Court, for example,...more

Summer Months Mean More Teen Driving Accidents

Summer is here and in the San Fernando Valley, that means we can expect a lot more cars on the road. Why? Because school is out and teen drivers are making the most of their summer break. ...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

Summer Ushers In Car Accident Season in the United States

by Howard Ankin on

Just as the news highlights the massive increase in air travel during the summer months, the same can be expected of traveling by vehicle. This undoubtedly means more accidents on the road and more injuries as a natural...more

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