Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Road Safety for NJ Walkers and Bikers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 19, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

Relying less on automotive transportation and choosing to walk or bike, either recreationally or as part of your daily commute, is often characterized as a frugal, healthy, and eco-friendly choice. Being a pedestrian or cyclist is not without its hazards, however; 2018 saw the highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities across the country since 1990. In the last decade alone, pedestrian deaths have increased by more than a third. These troubling trends persist despite pressure from pedestrian safety groups on states and municipalities to implement policies and modify road designs to protect pedestrians.

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Topics: Distracted Driving, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Increased Cell Phone Usage While Driving Creates Greater Accident Risks for Drivers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

For years,a common rallying cry used in efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, especially involving the use of mobile devices, has been, “Hang up and drive!” While the intent behind this slogan remains as relevant as ever, the language may be due for an update, based on roadside surveys conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While distracted driving involving the use of cell phones remains a major contributing factor to deadly automotive collisions, the manner in which drivers are interacting with their mobile devices has changed over the past few years.

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Topics: Distracted Driving, Text While Driving

Driving Danger Increases When Daylight Savings TIme Springs Forward

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 25, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

Despite the stubborn residue of the last snowstorm still clinging to curbs and lawns, spring is only a matter of weeks away, and with it comes one of the more curious phenomena of the modern era: Daylight Savings Time. However, as we “spring forward” to chase the gradually-expanding daylight hours, it’s worth taking a moment to consider how the transition will affect our bodies and our safety as we make our daily commutes.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents, drowsy driving

Alarming Pedestrian Accidents and Deaths

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

While automotive accident fatalities overall have been declining over the past few years, one kind of traffic-related death is dramatically bucking that trend. The rate of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle accidents has been steadily increasing since 2009, to an estimated high in 2018 that hasn’t been equaled since 1990. These projections have been compiled in a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit group that represents and draws data from highway safety offices nationwide. Using reported pedestrian death statistics from the first six months of 2018 and coupling those figures with historical trends in fatal accident data, the Association has produced an estimate that 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred as a result of automotive accidents in the whole of 2018. This figure, the largest number of pedestrian deaths in almost 30 years, represents a 35 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities over the course of a single decade. Coming at a time when other motor vehicle accident fatalities have been declining, this trend of increasing pedestrian deaths is a dangerous aberration that demands explanation.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Car Accidents and Collisions in NJ: Year End Review for 2018

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 06, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

The start of a new year is a natural time for looking at past trends and reflecting on ways to improve them going forward. As a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling cases involving automotive accidents, I tend to turn that reflective impulse toward collision trends, in the hope of gaining a better understanding of the causes of the accidents that affect my clients. The New Jersey Department of Transportation compiles statistical records of collision rates throughout the state, broken down by county. It’s no surprise that more heavily-populated and urban counties tend to see more auto accidents than their less-populous neighbors, but what is remarkable is the way some counties see major fluctuations in the number of collisions that take place from year to year, while other areas experience a fairly consistent rate of crashes. Understanding what causes those changes, and why they affect some counties more strongly than others, may help uncover ways to keep all New Jersey road users safer.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

Young Drivers at Risk During 100 Deadliest Days

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

The highest cause of death for teens and young adults between 15 and 24 years of age are accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 49% of all deaths that occur in those 10 years of age are caused by accidents – more than any other cause of death.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

Driving Myths - Distracted Driving Risks Injuries and Lives

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Just Drive.

No phoning, texting, interacting with dashboard infotainment. No eating, grooming, daydreaming. Anyone who does risks serious injuries to themselves and to you. It only takes a second of distraction to cause a serious accident with pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle, another car or truck.

When behind the wheel, Just Drive.

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Topics: Distracted Driving

Safe Drivers at Mercy of Unsafe Drivers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 19, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Careful and responsible drivers take numerous precautions to keep themselves and their families safe on the road, from the scrupulous use of their turn signals to coming to a full stop when required by a stop sign to regular maintenance of their vehicles. Unfortunately, no matter how cautious and well-prepared a motorist tries to be, there is one variable he cannot control: the behavior of others. The safety of everyone on the road depends on the agreement of everyone who gets behind the wheel to abide by the same set of basic rules- we sometimes call them "the rules of the road". All it takes is one person deciding he is in too much of a hurry to follow those rules, to put a dangerous snarl in that carefully constructed system. In moments, the poor choices of an unsafe driver can result in a serious collision affecting not just himself, but anyone unlucky enough to be sharing the road with him.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

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

Holiday Travel Road/Driving Safety Tips

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Dec 14, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends, relax in a festive atmosphere, and celebrate the season. Unfortunately, the winter holidays also coincide with the onset of some of the most unpredictable and dangerous weather conditions of the year for driving. With the high volume of vehicles on the road during the holiday season, driving in suboptimal weather conditions becomes particularly hazardous. Though you can't control the behavior of other motorists or the weather, there are a few important precautions you can take to help you and your family reduce your risk of getting into a car accident during your holiday drive.

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

Avoid Car Crashes. Don't Answer the Cell Phone When Driving.

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Beautiful fall weather is accompanying the opening of the 2014-2015 school year here in northern NJ. Facebook lets me enjoy photos of “first day of school” photos of my friends’ and family’s children. I marvel at how much they have grown since last year’s “first day of school” photos. And many of the children I have enjoyed watching grow over the years are in their later years of high school and now drive themselves to school.

We should all be reminded at this time to drive safely. These reminders are just as important to experienced drivers as to new drivers -- parents, carpoolers, students, and all of us who accompany them on the roads. Now that school is back in session, northern NJ roadsters face much more traffic and congestion.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

NJ's Drivers Survey Exposes Distracted Drivers' Activities

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 14, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Distracted drivers present one of the biggest dangers on the roads, in part because the behaviors that can cause dangerous distractions to motorists are normal behaviors that people engage in every day. It's easy to draw a firm line and understand that driving drunk is dangerous, because the way alcohol impairs a person's coordination, alertness, and decision-making abilities is obvious. That's why it can be hard for some people to realize that engaging in typical, everyday behaviors can be just as dangerous as driving drunk, when those behaviors are performed while driving.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Warning

Was Your Car Accident One of 1.4 Million Caused by a NJ Distracted Driver?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 09, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

In the past ten years, mobile device technology has rocketed forward at an impressive rate, and the average consumer's use and dependence on their cell phones has followed suit. It is common to hear a person say that their "entire life" is in their phone, with the expected level of panic and upset resulting when said phone is lost, stolen, or destroyed.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

NJ Accident Lawyer Warns of High Risk of Texting While Driving

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 05, 2014

What could be so important that it would cause you to take your hands away from the steering wheel and make you look away from the road while you're driving? For more than one-fifth of motorists, the answer is text messaging. It's one of the more dangerous forms of distracted driving, maybe the most dangerous,  but also surprisingly persistent even among drivers who claim to understand the risks. As a NJ personal injury lawyer representing injured drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcycle drivers every day, I see far too many cases of serious, preventable injury caused by texting while driving.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

April 2014 Declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 09, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving long before they are old enough to get their driver's license, let alone have their first drink. This level of public awareness is the result of years of concerted efforts on the part of several government and non-profit agencies that work to protect people by making drivers and passengers aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated- including not just criminal penalties, but also serious injuries suffered by the drunk driver, other drivers, and innocent bystanders.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, Distracted Driving, NJ Personal Attorney

Beware Car Accidents with Drowsy Drivers During Daylight Savings

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 10, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Most of us rejoiced this past Saturday because it was Daylight Savings Time! We moved our clocks ahead one hour to capture more daylight as the days get longer and we smiled at this annual reminder that spring is just two weeks away. Warmer weather! Longer Days! As a Personal Injury Attorney, however, I see danger on the roads. The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), a non-profit group that provides free driver safety programs, agrees with me. In fact, their newest program is called "Recognizing the Drowsy Driver." 

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

NJ Poll Reveals Worsening Commute, Top Concerns for AAA

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 05, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

If you take a minute to think about it, it’s no wonder that the overwhelming percentage of all car accidents happen within ten miles of an individual’s home.  Unless your job requires you to travel, most drivers stick pretty close to home. That is, of course, besides your daily commute. Millions of men and women start the “daily grind” by getting into their cars and commuting to work.

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Topics: Automobile Insurance, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving

Google Glass Draws Violation for Wearing While Driving

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 15, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Many states have laws prohibiting the use of a hand-held cell phone by a driver currently operating a motor vehicle, and more than 80 percent of states ban all drivers from text messaging while driving. The use of technology like smartphones and GPS devices can be a major source of distraction for a driver, and distracted driving is among the leading causes of fatal car accidents. However, despite the efforts of lawmakers to restrict the use of devices that may cause dangerous driver distraction, the law is in a constant race to keep up with developing technology. As new devices are released for consumer use, disputes arise over whether the existing laws apply to them. This dynamic can be seen playing out in a case last month in California.

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Topics: Distracted Driving

NJ Personal Injury Attorney's Safe Driving Tips: Mind, Body, Vehicle

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

There are so many factors that can contribute to a motor vehicle accident, many of which are completely outside of your control: the weather, road conditions, the behavior of other drivers. But your safety on the road isn't completely a roll of the dice; there are several ways within your control to reduce your risk of a motor vehicle accident. The three things most firmly within your sphere of influence are your mind, your body, and your vehicle.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

Day Dreaming Causes 50% of Car Crashes

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 14, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Most drivers have heard warnings about the dangers of distracted driving, and several states (including New Jersey) have passed laws targeting one of the major distracted driving behaviors: cell phone use. Using a cell phone for calls or texting while behind the wheel dramatically increases your risk of a car crash, but another form of distraction is responsible for fully half of all crashes in which the driver was at fault. That distraction isn't a technological device or any other object you bring into your vehicle – it's your own mind. Daydreaming, focusing on other thoughts or feelings, or simply driving with insufficient active attention to the road causes 50 percent of at-fault accidents.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

NJ Enacts Stiffer Texting Penalties to Reduce Car Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 20, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

There's no "good" time of year when it comes to distracted driving; in the summer there are often more cars on the road as people go on vacations and trips – but just as summer starts winding down, the school year begins, putting more teenage drivers on the road as they rush to get to school. Too many of these young drivers will join the ranks of their older peers in trying to multitask while operating their vehicle: eating breakfast while driving with one hand, finishing their personal grooming in the rear-view mirror, or using their cell phones to talk or text in traffic.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

NJ Driver Alert: You Can be Sued for Sending a Text to a NJ Driver!

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 16, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Who is responsible when a motorist chooses to read or respond to a text message he receives while driving, distracting him at a critical moment and resulting in an automobile accident? In terms of criminal culpability, the answer may be obvious: the driver who chose to text on the road is responsible for his own dangerous behavior. However, a recent ruling by a New Jersey Appellate Division panel has expanded the reach of civil liability to include a person who texts a driver and creates a situation in which that driver is likely to engage in distracted driving behaviors. This means that, in the event of a crash, the injured parties may sue not only the driver for damages, but under some circumstances, the sender of text messages to the driver as well.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Warning

NJ Raises Penalty for Distracted Driving: Texting, Phoning

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 12, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Despite the dangers inherent in the activity, distracted driving remains a significant problem among commuters and other motorists. Just about one third of the auto accident cases I am handling involve admissions or assertions of distracted driving. New Jersey police are now trained to ask questions about whether a cell phone was in use right before an accident. But distracted driving includes any activity that a person engages in while driving a motor vehicle that draws their eyes, hands, or thought processes away from the task of operating the vehicle. Some of the actions that people choose to engage in that turn motorists into distracted drivers would shock many people – like shaving or applying makeup in traffic. But other distracted driving activities are increasingly common, including:

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

Be Safe this July 4th Holiday: Tips for Avoiding Injury

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holidays of the summer months, when friends, neighbors, and family get together around the backyard grill to celebrate America's independence and enjoy the summer weather. But amidst all that celebration, it's important to stay aware of the potential dangers that accompany those fun summertime activities, and how to minimize your risk of injury. By reducing the risks associated with grilling and fireworks and avoiding drunk or distracted driving, you can help ensure that your holiday celebration ends on a happy note.

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Topics: Distracted Driving

10 Biggest Distracted Driving Dangers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 26, 2013

In today's busy world, many people find themselves multitasking just to have enough time in the day to get everything done. The daily commute is a popular time for squeezing in extra tasks, or getting in touch with people. You've probably been stuck behind someone driving erratically as they ate breakfast on the go, or been nearly rear-ended by a driver on their cell phone. Maybe you've almost missed an exit because of the conversation you were having with a passenger. These distractions contribute significantly to the danger on the road: nearly 1 in 5 of automobile accidents with injuries in 2010 were reported as "distraction-affected" crashes. That's why the National Safety Administration has declared April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month, to help drivers realize the dangers of distractions on the road.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Cellular phones can do more and more for their users every day; they have gone beyond simple voice calling and text and can now provide GPS directions, recognize songs playing on the radio, and access the internet. Unfortunately, that means they also provide a greater distraction than ever, especially when users are driving their cars. In 2010, there were 3,092 fatalities in the US resulting from car accidents involving a distracted driver, and cell phone use is one of the leading causes of driver distraction. The National Safety Council reports that more than 25 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by a driver talking or texting on a cell phone. With distracted driving representing such a significant danger to pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers – and cell phone use by drivers continuing to be a major contributing factor to distracted driving – many states have implemented measures to curb the behavior.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

Driver & Pedestrian Distraction Leading Cause of Pedestrian Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Tue, Feb 26, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Accidents happen.  They are, after all, called "accidents".  However, unless it involves something completely unforeseen such as "an act of God" (like the recent asteroid over the Urals in Russia), most accidents can be avoided or even actually prevented.  Take, for example, pedestrian accidents.  Now, aside from the fact that the margin for error is less when you're injured on foot than if you're behind the wheel of a car (and the potential for serious injury much greater), any accident that involves a pedestrian is almost always caused by something that could and probably should have been foreseen.  The fact that a pedestrian accident occurred is very often attributed to one simple factor:  Distraction.  The driver may have been distracted.  Or the pedestrian.  Or, as a recipe for almost certain disaster, both.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

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