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By Peter Bowman 01 Dec, 2016

Apps like Snapchat, Waze, and Pokemon Go are creating a distracted driving crisis among young drivers.

While distracted driving is nothing new, these apps encourage teens to do more than just text or make calls from their phones as they are driving. There are incentives to use them while driving; Snapchat will record the speed of the vehicle on photos, and Waze rewards drivers for reporting traffic jams and accidents.

As a result, highway fatalities have greatly increased, recording the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. The numbers this year are even worse; in the first half of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4%.

So what is being done to prevent this? Near term efforts will involve identifying changes in regulations, laws and standards that could help reduce fatalities. Laws that concern distracted driving need to be tightened and enforced by all states.

Technology that is meant to reduce driver distractions, such as Sync in Ford cars and Apple’s CarPlay is already being used by drivers, however, freeing the driver’s hands doesn’t necessarily mean their head is clear and focused on the road. Even the most elaborate technology setup in a car isn’t risk free.

Drivers, especially teen drivers, would be better served by leaving their phones in their pockets or in the backseat. Wait until you get to your destination to send snaps, texts, and Facebook messages.


By Tamara Morrison 07 Jun, 2016
Almost every state in the country has extended the statute of limitations for minors to allow them the opportunity to bring a claim for injuries or damages on their own. See http://www.statuteoflimitations.net/minors.html .

Connecticut, however, has maintained a statute of limitations for minors for most claims of two (2) years from when they realize they are injured to file suit.

Senate Bill 1028 in Connecticut seeks to toll the statutes of limitations for children when they are injured by someone's carelessness. It would toll the limitation period until the child reaches the age of 19 or no more than 8 years from “the date the act or omission complained of.”

Because minors cannot bring suit on their own, this will provide them with a right they deserve.

As this blog has emphasized, injuries to children must be handled with care. They also develop or heal over time. Thus, if a child is injured at birth, the extent of their injury or their recovery may not be realized for several years. This will allow children the time and freedom to heal.

While it is important to talk to an attorney immediately after a claim, hopefully, the Connecticut legislature passes this bill to allow children the time and freedom to heal.
By Tamara Morrison 07 Jun, 2016
Recently, our firm has seen and uptick in clients involved in car accidents while pregnant. Pregnant women and the unborn children in their wombs can suffer more serious injuries in a car collision. These cases present unique challenges, both medically and legally.

In a recent study, the NIH found that pregnant women can suffer injuries, including placental abruption, uterine rupture or laceration, and direct fetal injury. In addition, a review of the relationship between the pregnant driver and automotive restraints and the steering wheel illustrates how injury potential may differ from the non-pregnant occupant.

See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3400205/pdf/aam42_p057.pdf

Further, firm statistics on fetal loss (child death) resulting from automotive trauma are not
available because fetal death certificates do not record recent maternal involvement in crashes as a potential cause of death. In addition, since miscarriage occurs in 10-20% of all pregnancies in the early part of pregnancy, only deaths to fetuses over 20 weeks gestational age are legally defined and recorded. This presents unique legal challenges to hold the responsibility for fetal or child injury on the person causing the collision or injury.

When a pregnant person is involved in a car collision, they should go to the hospital and be seen by an obstetrician, immediately. Also, they should speak to an attorney to ensure all injuries are documented and appropriately claimed. Using an attorney experienced in handling these claims will result in better advocacy for the baby and expectant mother.

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