What to Do When Involved in an Auto Accident

car accident lawyer New York CityWith automobiles being the most popular form of transportation, the United States experiences approximately 6 million car accidents a year.  Almost half of these accidents result in injuries to one or more of the occupants of the vehicles.  While we hope you are never involved in a motor vehicle accident, knowing what to do in the situation could be the … Read the rest

Cell Phone Pictures and Your Personal Injury Case

With cell phones being available at a moment’s notice, they may be one of the most valuable ways to gather evidence for your personal injury claim. Capturing pictures of your accident can help provide an indication as to who was at fault, preserve and document evidence, and show damages as they were at the time of the accident. While physical … Read the rest

Exploding Cell Phones

In this day and age, cell phones have become indispensable for most people.  With any device which has batteries and a charging apparatus, there are product defects that can possibly cause personal injury.  There have been cases of cell phones exploding while charging, shocking users, and most recently, causing second-degree burns.

Many cases have involved a defective battery.  A … Read the rest

Using Siri to Activate a Call Held Not to Be Same as Making a Phone Call on Cell Phone; Defendant Not Guilty

Section 1225-c(2a) of New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits operating a motor vehicle upon a public highway while using a mobile telephone to engage in a call while such vehicle is in motion without a hands-free device. In The People v. Andrew Welch, the defendant was charged with violating VTL § 1225-c. At trial, the police officer testified … Read the rest

New Yorks Law Against Text Messaging While Driving Signed by Governor Cuomo; Penalty for Using Cell Phone While Driving Rises from Two to Three Points

Effective immediately, it is a primary traffic offense for drivers to use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion, thereby giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity. Before this law, it was illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle was in motion, … Read the rest

33 States Now Prohibit Texting While Driving

Last Friday, June 3, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a new law that prohibits texting behind the wheel. Under the new law, which takes effect in September 2011, violators will face a minimum fine of $100. The new law is designed to strengthen a 2009 Maine law that more generally prohibited distracted driving but was felt not insufficient to deal … Read the rest

New York Drivers Dissed in 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test

New York drivers ranked last in the 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. The test found that nearly 1 in 5 licensed drivers roughly 38 million Americans would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today. Kansas drivers ranked first in the nation (82.3 percent average score); New York drivers ranked last (70 percent average score). The national … Read the rest

Texting While Driving Has Its Dangers, But Being Arrested is Usually Not One of Them

Nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured in vehicle crashes in 2008 connected to driver distraction, including texting, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Presently, 25 states make it unlawful to text message while driving, with Wisconsin’s law just signed by the governor.

New York is another of the 25 states, pursuant to section 1225-d of … Read the rest

How Distracting is a Cell Phone Really to a Driver? Naturalistic Driving Studies and Driving Simulator Tests Don’t Agree

Naturalistic driving studies that record drivers (through continuous video and kinematic sensors in participants personal vehicles) in actual driving situations are a scientific method to study driver behavior in real-world driving conditions in the presence of real-world daily pressures. In contrast, a driving simulator is not actual driving – driving simulators engage participants in tracking tasks in a laboratory. Virginia … Read the rest

Study Finds Cell Phones Distract Preadolescent Children While Crossing Streets

Cell phones are known to distract motor vehicle drivers to the point that their safety is jeopardized and an accident may occur. But what about whether cell phones might also distract child pedestrians? A study of effect of cell phone use on pediatric pedestrian injury risk suggests that cell phones distract pre-adolescent children while crossing streets. While distracted, children … Read the rest