Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Does SnapChat Encourage Speeding by enabling Users to “Snap” their speed to friends

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 06, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Distracted driving is a major contributor to serious automotive accidents, playing a role in thousands of fatal crashes nationwide each year. In response, law enforcement, insurance companies, and public safety interest groups have enacted campaigns to raise awareness among motorists of the dangers of driving while distracted by other activities such as eating, grooming, or -- most significantly -- the use of mobile devices. Using a cell phone is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, and with the diverse capabilities of today's smartphones, the potential for distraction goes well beyond talking and texting. This problem is compounded when social media companies add features to their platforms that seem specifically designed for use behind the wheel.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Speeding

Can Pokemon Go be Made Safer for the Road?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Since its debut a little over a year ago, Pokemon Go has captured the interest of a huge and surprisingly diverse player base. The ability to encounter and capture animated creatures "in the wild" as you walk around your neighborhood appeals to more than just the children that the colorful characters seem designed for. Many adults who have enjoyed the franchise since its beginning 21 years ago have seized on this new iteration of their favorite game series, while newcomers to the Pokemon world have quickly found themselves drawn into the excitement of "catching them all." As a smartphone app, the game is even more easily able to reach a wide range of potential players, since mobile devices are rarely far from the hands of most Americans.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: It Is Our Number One Driving Risk

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

For many of us, hectic schedules demand that we find ways to save time or multitask throughout the day in order to stay on top of everything in our lives. Keeping in touch and coordinating plans with friends and family who have similarly busy schedules make mobile devices a vital part of our everyday routine. Unfortunately, these demands too often lead people to combine cell phone use with activities that demand a person’s full attention, like driving a car.

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Topics: Distracted Driving

Keeping Joggers, Walkers, Pedestrians Safe

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 04, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Winter is beginning in earnest, and reactions to the onslaught of winter weather vary depending on who you ask. Children delight in fluffy snowdrifts and the possibility of school closures, while commuters dread the prospect of slippery roads. Die-hard joggers defy the cold weather for the sake of their morning runs, and some cautious would-be motorists would prefer to walk short distances rather than risk driving in winter conditions. However, for these latter groups, winter holds particular risks for pedestrian auto accidents. It’s easy for joggers and other pedestrians to forget the ways in which this time of year increases the danger of motor vehicle accidents, and some motorists forget that anyone might be walking or jogging in the cold to begin with. For both groups, a reminder of the ways that winter increases the risk of pedestrian traffic accidents might be useful.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Safety

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Dec 30, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Winter weather can be beautiful, but that beauty conceals many hazards for anyone who has to brave the cold and go outside – that is, almost everyone. Slippery roads can quickly spell disaster for drivers, but the danger of wintry conditions to pedestrians should not be overlooked. This is true not only for habitual walkers and joggers, but also for anyone walking between their front door and their car, or crossing a business parking lot. It’s important for everyone to keep pedestrian safety measures in mind any time they leave the house at this time of year.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Pokemon Go Gaming Drivers: Another Form of Dangerous Distracted Driving

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 19, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

It has been a long time since cell phones were solely, or even primarily, used for placing phone calls. Today's smartphones serve numerous purposes in the everyday lives of an increasing share of the population. According to a State Farm survey, in 2014 about 80 percent of drivers had a smartphone, up from about 50 percent in 2011. And we use those smartphones not just for talking and texting, but for GPS navigation, shopping, email, internet browsing, social media, and games. Of all these uses, it would not be unreasonable to believe games to be the least likely source of distraction for a driver. Reasonable, but wrong – at least since the release of Pokemon Go.

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Topics: Distracted Driving

Can You Believe This? Textalyzer Roadside Tests To Catch People Who Text While Driving

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 03, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

It's a brave new world out there. Law enforcement agencies nationwide are becoming increasingly aware of the very real dangers that hand-held cell phone use by drivers poses to everyone on the road. Talking or texting on a cell phone are forms of distracted driving, one of the leading causes of car accidents. Experts estimate that 1 in every 4 car crashes is caused by cell phone use by a driver. Up until last year, the rate of fatal accidents on our nation's roads had been experiencing a downward trend; in 2015, it rose by 8 percent, thanks to distracted drivers who are unable (or unwilling) to keep their hands off their cell phones. It's clear that distracted driving can be every bit as dangerous as drunk driving, and so some safe-driving advocates are pushing for a similar response to combat the behavior: Textalyzer roadside tests.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Text While Driving

Snapchat's Speed Filter Contributing to Distracted Driving and Devastating Car Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 25, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Mobile devices are an integral part of modern life for most Americans, with apps and features that make them useful for much more than just making a phone call. The development of mobile apps is a booming industry, with apps designed to help us find products, track our health and fitness, and keep in touch with our friends. However, as mobile devices become more useful and more engaging, they also become more distracting – which can have disastrous consequences when we get behind the wheel. A Georgia man discovered the truth of this danger firsthand when he suffered a devastating car accident caused by a teenager using her smartphone to take selfies on Snapchat.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

Children and Car Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 01, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

For the average American, and especially in New Jersey, cars are a ubiquitous and essential fact of life – and this is true nearly as much for children as it is for adults. Though they are not yet old enough to drive, children are regularly passengers in motor vehicles when traveling to and from school, activities, friends' homes, to visit relatives, or to accompany their parents on errands. Unfortunately, since automobiles play such a large role in children's lives, they also pose one of the most significant risks to young people. No one likes to think about children and car accidents, but motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of death and acquired disability for young people aged 2 to 14. According to data regarding children and car accidents provided by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), nearly a quarter million children suffer injuries in automotive collisions each year. This is a chilling figure for any parent to hear, especially since so many of these accidents are preventable.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Injuries to Children, NJ Car Seat Law

NJ's Most Dangerous Roads

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 08, 2016

 By Francis M. Smith

New Jersey's roads and highways see some of the heaviest traffic in the country, and unfortunately that heavy traffic is a major determining factor in the number of fatal auto wrecks that take place in the state. 2014 saw an increase in highway fatalities on New Jersey's highways relative to the previous year, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. In that year, 229 deadly car crashes took place on the state's major roadways, compared to the 213 fatal collisions that took place in 2013.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

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