How Dangerous is Texting and Driving? Take the Test!

Commentary by James Mick Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

The constant need to be “plugged in” remains a concern especially with respect to driving while texting/emailing/etc.  In August 2009 the New York Times published a game which purports to measure how your reaction time is affected by external distractions, such as texting.  We recommend you try it, your results may surprise (and scare) you!

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New Technology Included in Latest Crash Tests

Author: Scott Fitzgerald, Law Clerk

Crash test rating systems for new cars have been around for many years, but recent changes in technology and methods are a significant improvement.  The latest reforms have also refined testing procedures and streamlined the ratings system to make it easier for the consumer to understand how well each vehicle performs in a car crash.  Last fall U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the "5 Star Safety Ratings System" will now evaluate cars based on whether they use crash-prevention and crash-protection technologies.[1] Although the old ratings system also used 5 stars, in recent years most…

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Purchasing a Car: Understanding Vehicle Safety Crash Ratings

 Author: Attorney Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan)

First of all, just because your vehicle is on a "Top Ten Safe Vehicles" list, don't think that makes it safe. Although all vehicles on the market in the U.S must comply with the minimum safety standards and performance requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), many experts consider these standards to be inadequate. However, there are a number of testing organizations, both government and private, that perform crash tests on motor vehicles and issue safety ratings.

Two of the most commonly used crash evaluations are the ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the ratings from the New…

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