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Category Archives: Car Accidents

How Texting and Cellphone Use Affect Driving

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) recently conducted a study about distracted driving. In Hand-Held and Hands-Free Cellphone Use on Driving Performance and Safety Critical Event Risk, VTTI found that distracted driving is still a tangible threat. The study concluded that the visual-manual tasks associated with using a cellphone or smartphone — such as dialing… Read More »

The Risks of Texting While Driving and Young Drivers

It’s no big deal, right? You pick up your phone for just a second to read a text or take a phone call. However, taking your eyes off the road, even for just a second, can be dangerous and cause an accident. Studies have found that activities such as texting while driving take the driver’s… Read 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. State and federal governments have worked to pass distracted driving laws to help reduce the number of distraction-affected accidents. Currently, 12 states (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,… Read More »

Federal Distracted-Driving Statistics

It used to be that drivers were distracted by changing the station on the radio, reading a map, or trying to eat while driving. Times have changed. As technology advances, the number of items in the car to distract drivers has increased — cell phones, smartphones, navigation systems, video screens and radios with multiple stations… Read More »

Types of Distracted Driving

When someone mentions distracted driving, we automatically think of texting and driving. But a driver can be distracted in many ways that may result in an auto accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three types of distractions while driving: A visual distraction takes a driver’s eyes off the… Read More »

Liquor Stores Held Liable to Victims of Drunk Drivers

Washington has a dram shop statute that states, “[n]o person shall sell liquor to any person apparently under the influence of liquor.” Statutory violations are “punishable by a fine of not more than $500 as well as separate [civil] actions.” In other words, you have the legal right to sue the establishment responsible for endangering… Read More »

Hands-Free Devices are No Safer than Hand-Held, AAA Study Finds

Cellphone use is a leading cause of driver distraction and some 40 states have gone so far as to ban texting while driving. This regulation has not stopped many drivers from purchasing hands-free headsets to continue to talk and drive at the same time. Some hands-free devices even allow talk-to-text functionality which can be substantially… Read More »

Distracted Driving: A Leading Cause of Serious Crashes

More than 387,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths were attributed to distracted drivers in the United States in 2011, according to the most Traffic Safety Fact Sheet published by the National Transportation and Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of fatal crashes and 17 percent of injury crashes in 2011. The NHTSA… Read More »

Who Pays When the Other Driver is Uninsured or Underinsured?

Uninsured and underinsured motorists do not have the coverage needed to adequately compensate victims for the expenses incurred during the accident. Many victims end up paying out-of-pocket to cover the cost of vital and necessary expenses. What victims may not know is that they have legal recourse through their own insurance policies. Whether you are… Read 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. In the most serious of cases, these drivers slam on their brakes and cause front-end and rear-end collisions…. Read More »

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