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Driver distraction caused the deaths of nearly 6,000 people and the injuries of 500,000 people last year according to new government reports on auto safety. There is a correlation of using mobile devices while driving. This includes texting while driving and talking on the cell.
Transportation officials recently released a report that showed driver distraction being involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008. The Transportation report shows that 515,000 people were injured and 5,870 people were killed last year, with driver distraction being involved in the accident.
The Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, government officials, safety advocates, researchers and lawmakers came together last month to discuss ways of setting new restrictions on texting and using devices while driving. Young adults involved in car accidents where they were texting while driving were also involved in the safety discussions. New data supports that 16 percent of all under-20 drivers involved in fatal car accidents were distracted while driving.
Every day, people text and drive, even in places where it’s outlawed. According to Secretary LaHood “We feel a very strong obligation to point to incidents where people have been killed or where serious injury has occurred.”
Earlier this year, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that collision risks were 23 times greater when drivers of heavy trucks texted while driving. Dialing a cell phone and using or reaching for an electronic device increased risk of collision about six times in cars and trucks. The popular magazine Car and Driver released a report that showed texting and driving to be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. This report obviously has caused a lot of controversy and discussions among safety advocates.
Some groups want tough laws on the distractions and are asking for restrictions on talking and texting by drivers of tractor trailers, motor coaches and large vans.
Automobile Manufacturers and the Governors Highway Safety Association are on the same page in support of restrictions for texting while driving. Surprisingly, 11 automakers have come together on a united front with the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers to support this important issue of auto safety and the use of handheld devices.
The Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA) believes that education and enforcement are critical to changing the behavior of drivers. A series of Public Service Announcements warning teen drivers of the dangers on distracted driving will be paid for by the National Safety Council and CTIA in an effort to promote safe driving.
Please be cautious while driving. Nothing is more important than your life and the lives of others.
Don’t miss tonight’s entertainment -
The Hon. Peter J. Fryefield Law Revue
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
Location: Times Union Center for the Performing Arts – Terry Theater
Tickets on sale July 1st thru Ticketmaster.
$25 with applicable service charges
$50 VIP Tickets through The Jacksonville Bar Association. (VIP tickets: Reserved Section Seating)
Blocks of 5 or more tickets at $25 each are also available.
Contact Linda Morris at 399-4486
General Info & Advertising Contact:
Rose Marie K. Preddy
Performing Attorneys & Judges:
The Honorable Roberto A. Arias
Cary A. W. Braswell
Karen Koster Burr
A. Hamilton Cooke
Professor Susan Daicoff
The Honorable Eleni Derke
Patricia M. Dodson
Regina Love Durfee
Roger M. Groves
Mark A. Hall
Liana Rothstein Hood
Lynn W. Martin
Andrew W. Moritz
The Honorable Jefferson Morrow
Tara L. Sa’id
Kevin S. Sanders
The Honorable Matthew Shirk
The Honorable L. Haldane Taylor
Jim T. Terrell
Visual Arts Attorneys and Law Students
Karen Koster Burr
Barbara Holmes Fryefield
Maggie Jo Hilliard
Eunice D. Maling
Tara L. Sa’id
Name: Linda Morris
Bay Street Reversible Lanes to be Enacted
from the COJ website
Monday, October 12, 2009 Jacksonville, Fla.
Beginning the second full week of October, motorists will notice a number of changes to the Bay Street corridor designed to ease traffic flow on a daily basis, but especially during downtown events.
Electronic message boards will be put into place to notify travelers about upcoming activities.
According to a news release by the independent Insurance Research Council the estimated percentage of uninsured motorists on the road has decreased nationally but Florida holds the 5th worst spot on the list with a whopping 23% of drivers uninsured. Massachusetts and Maine have the best rate with both having less than 5% uninsured. They also found a direct correlation between the unemployment rate and the uninsured motorist rate which is not good news since the unemployment rate is expected to rise another 3-4%.
Give us a call at (800)251-1111 or visit our website for more information about the importance of uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Don’t find yourself out of luck because your insurance agent didn’t really sell you “full coverage”. I can’t count the number of times I have heard that answer when I ask if someone has UM coverage. Look at your policy and don’t take it for granted!!
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [Link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10702.html]
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Model Year 2009 Zero X and Zero MX Off-Road Motorcycles
Manufacturer: Zero Motorcycles Inc., of Scotts Valley, Calif.
Hazard: The throttle on the recalled motorcycles can become stuck in the open position or become disconnected. In the “Easy” or the “0-25” mode, this can unexpectedly lead to full power when turning on the power, resulting in a loss of control and serious injury to the rider.
Description: This recall involves the model year 2009 Zero X and Zero MX electric motorcycles. The recalled motorcycles are white, with the Zero name and logo printed on the battery.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact Zero Motorcycles to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the affected motorcycles have been mailed a direct notice.
“Product Liability” is a legal term used to describe the liability of a manufacturer, distributor and seller for any injury to a buyer caused by a defective product.
It is not the duty of a manufacturer to make a product that is accident-proof. However, the law of product liability is designed to protect the user from injury by a product that is unreasonably dangerous or is manufactured in such a fashion that the danger is hidden or concealed from the buyer.
Happy Birthday to Ralph Billings from all of us at Harrell and Harrell, PA. He says he’s 103 but I’m not buying it. Call us at 251-1111 and arrange for Ralph to come speak with you about your car accident.