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5 ways to teach teenagers about distracted driving

In today's world, most teenagers have a cell phone or some type of device to keep in touch with family and friends. While these are great tools for keeping track of your kids, they can also lead to serious distraction when your kids are behind the wheel. Distracted driving can be deadly and have serious consequences not only for the driver but also for anyone injured in the accident. To reduce the risks of teens driving distracted, parents should teach them several things.

DUI car accidents often have devastating effects

A California accident involving two cars on a recent Tuesday evening in October has resulted in the arrest of one of the drivers on charges of driving under the influence. Car accidents such as this one often have devastating and lasting effects on the victims. Not only did one person suffer injuries, but her beloved pet was killed in the accident.

Can't shut the phone down while driving? These apps will do it for you.

If you have been following our blog, you are familiar with the reasons drivers continue to text while driving: their belief that they can text safely while driving and the positive reinforcement the brain provides during cellphone use. Although the act of texting while driving is illegal in California and results in a fine for violating the law, a poll conducted by Distraction.gov found that 25 percent of teenagers admitted to texting while driving each time they get behind the wheel. Ten percent of adults also confessed to engaging in the practice.

Updates to California distracted driving law look promising

In 2006, California legislators passed legislation that was supposed to decrease the number of distracted driving accidents in the state by prohibiting people from using wireless telephones while operating a vehicle. Unfortunately, despite its best efforts, the bill has done little to discourage drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel. Furthermore, an unforeseen loophole has also made it difficult for police to enforce the law and hold drivers accountable for their negligence.

Driver's death sparks new debate about self-driving cars

From California to the opposite side of our country, people are talking this month about the death of a 40-year-old man who was killed when his Tesla Model S allegedly drive into a large semi truck. According to reports, the car's "autopilot" system was engaged and mistook the semi's brightly lit side for the sky, which inevitably led to the crash.

Study linking car accidents and distractions is not encouraging

Recently, a young woman became distracted by her cell phone while driving and swerved to the right, striking a man on a bicycle. Trying to regain control, the woman overcorrected to the left, and her car collided with another man on a motorcycle. Both men died. Sadly, these kinds of car accidents are becoming more and more familiar to California law enforcement.

Don't let distracted driving hook your attention

In our last post, we talked about autonomous vehicles, these so-called "self-driving cars," that will probably become a reality very soon. But until they are finished and they become reality, there are plenty of questions raised by their potential existence. How does insurance work with self-driving cars? What happens when accident occurs? Who is at fault, and who is liable?

Self-driving cars already raising a number of legal questions

By now, most people know that self-driving cars are soon to be a reality thanks to companies like Google, Ford and Volvo who are all pushing ahead to make this science fiction become a science reality. But as the Washington Post recently discovered in February of this year, the hype about self-driving cars is only matched by the number of questions they raise.

Paralysis: How a life can change in an instant

Most people can't begin to imagine what it's like to lose the ability to move their arms and legs. But for people living with paraplegia and quadriplegia, this is a reality of life. And for some, this reality is due to someone else's negligence.

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