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Posts Tagged ‘distracted driving’

Don’t text and drive – and don’t text a driver.
Friday, November 8th, 2013

If you are texting with someone behind the wheel, and you know they are driving, can you be held liable if they cause a car accident? A court in New Jersey ruled this week…

A big factor in young driver’s crash risk: sleep
Friday, May 31st, 2013

There is a strong link between lack of sleep and car accidents for young drivers, according to a new study of 20,000 drivers ages 17-24.

Most distracted driving deaths don’t involve cell phone use, study says
Friday, April 26th, 2013

Only 10% of motor vehicle accidents that result in a death are caused by distracted driving? A new study on 65000 fatal crashes from Erie Insurance

Saving lives and saving money: the real worth of injury and violence prevention
Friday, April 12th, 2013

Driving and road safety, kids health and safety, and public health: the best resources for Oregon, Washington for National Public Health Week

Why are Americans more distracted than Europeans?
Friday, March 29th, 2013

Why don’t Americans care as much about distracted driving as drunk driving? The cultural disparity between U.S. and Europe on safe driving

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?
Monday, December 17th, 2012

Prevent distracted driving accidents: smartphone apps and monitoring systems help keep teen drivers safe on the roads

What is “webbing” – and why does it need to be banned?
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

You probably know that “distracted driving” has become the accepted term for any actions that visually, manually or cognitively distract people behind the wheel. “Webbing” evidently describes the specific act of web browsing while driving. This dangerous practice is becoming increasingly common. A State Farm poll found a 48% increase in smartphone web use while driving […]

Teen dies typing a text message
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Her cap and gown were still in her car: Mariah West was going to graduate from high school the next day. She was responding to a text message while driving, and her car veered off of the road and hit a concrete bridge. She was partially ejected from the car, and her head hit the […]

Teen passengers distract drivers – and increase the risk of fatality
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Recently, attorney Doug Oh-Keith and I have been talking to Oregon high school students about distracted driving as a part of the nationwide project EndDD. These teens shared personal stories about how they, their friends, and their parents have been distracted behind the wheel.  So I should not have been surprised to read a study […]

Your car is making you a distracted driver
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This week I was speaking to high school students about the dangers of distracted driving, and I was stumped by one of the questions they asked me. How do you keep from being distracted by your car itself? Of course, you have to pay attention to what’s happening on the dashboard in addition to what’s […]