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

NJ Speed Deaths on Routes 80 and 287 Increase with 10 mph Speed Limit

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 20, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

The behavior of other drivers is one of the more unpredictable elements on the road, and potentially one of the more dangerous. In recent years, legislative and enforcement efforts across the state of New Jersey have successfully taken on several aspects of this threat, resulting in a downward trend in overall traffic deaths. These efforts have included a Graduated Driver License law that placed additional limitations on inexperienced teenage drivers, lowering the blood-alcohol threshold for drunk driving to 0.08, and legislation that penalized the use of hand-held mobile devices while behind the wheel. However, while all these efforts helped to curb the total number of highway deaths in the state, one type of automotive fatality has not experienced the same consistent, downward trend, and during some periods have seen significant upward spikes. The culprit? Speeding.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Speeding

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