May 10, 2017

Ellis Law Corporation

Auto Accident

10 Scary Texting and Driving Statistics

The widespread use of cell phones while driving is an increasing threat to the safety of motorists and their passengers in Los Angeles and throughout the country. Sending or receiving a message may only take a few seconds, but drivers are distracted manually, visually, and cognitively during that time, which increases the risk of an…

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January 25, 2017

Ellis Law Corporation

News

Apple Hit with Class Action Suit over Driver Safety Lockout

A class action lawsuit has been brought against Apple for failing to implement a patented iPhone lockout safety mechanism. The law suit alleges that the company possesses technology that would prevent texting and driving but has failed to implement it. An Orange County California resident, Julio Ceja was rear ended by a driver allegedly distracted…

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January 6, 2017

Ellis Law Corporation

Auto Accident

New “Talking Vehicles” Technology May Reduce Car Accidents

New technology may significantly curb the number of motor vehicle accidents seen on roadways in the future. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new rules that would require all new passenger vehicles to be equipped with “vehicle-to-vehicle” communication technologies that could prevent a substantial portion of crashes. On December 13, the NHTSA…

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September 28, 2016

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News

Pokémon Go Responsible for Traffic Accidents, Deaths

The popular game Pokémon Go has been responsible for a jump in distracted driving–related accidents. Pokémon, a game in which avatars vie to catch the animated character, is an extremely popular game. Researchers who examined social media to see whether drivers and passengers were playing Pokémon found that a number of drivers — 18% — continued…

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July 22, 2016

Ellis Law Corporation

News

Pokemon Go Leading to Car Crashes

A new driver distraction is in town and it is beginning to wreak some havoc on roadways across the country. Pokémon Go, a mobile game that allows player to catch virtual Pokémon characters in real-life surroundings, has taken much of the U.S. by storm. The game is not limited to the younger crowd, adults are…

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May 23, 2016

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News

Distracted Driving Study Finds Motorists Have Sixth Sense

A research team from the University of Houston (UH) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) determined that motorists have a “sixth sense” that counterbalances certain distractions when behind the wheel. Lead researchers Ioannis Pavlidis and Robert Wunderlich focused on three types of common distractions including texting, driving while absent minded, and driving while emotionally…

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January 8, 2016

Ellis Law Corporation

News

5-Car Collision Sends 4 to Hospital

A car crash involving five cars in Hollywood Hills sent four people to the hospital on January 5. Two adults and two teenagers were transported to area hospitals. The adults, a man and woman, were listed in critical condition and the teenage girls were listed in fair condition at the time they were transported. The…

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January 4, 2016

Ellis Law Corporation

News

2016 CA Laws for Vehicles, Bikes and Hoverboards

A number of new public safety laws are set to go into effect in California on New Year’s Day, including several related to motorists, cyclists, and so-called “hoverboards.” Some of the laws are state-wide; others are limited to certain cities or counties. While the laws cover a wide range of topics, three relate to more…

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November 11, 2015

Ellis Law Corporation

News

Sexting a Factor in 2013 Fatal L.A. Crash

A driver responsible for a 2013 crash that killed one in Los Angeles was “sexting” with his girlfriend just moments before the accident, local media has discovered. Although the driver faced a six-month suspension of his license and was fired from his job at Caltrans Long Beach after the accident, he was back behind the…

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