Distracted Driving


Jan 6, 2019

How Many Accidents Were Caused by Pokemon Go?

Distracted car driver on a cell phone.
Distracted car driver on a cell phone.
Pokemon Go is Not Just a Child's Game. Distracted car driver on a cell phone. Pokemon Go is one of the most popular games on the market. The newest generation of the franchise is sweeping the U.S. and beyond. Players seek out rare types of Pokemon in real-world situations. This kind of game is often referred to as 'augmented reality.' However, the expanded section of this game is causing many issues. Furthermore, there were many injuries and accidents due to the match. The Ehline Law Firm compiled a list of crashes caused by the game. Read below for more info. Email us to add to the list. According to the UK Daily Mail, there were over 100,000 car accidents due to the game. The news reported on a study by researchers. These researchers stated that over 113,000 accidents happened in just the first ten days after Nintendo released the game. What are Some Reported Accidents Caused Pokemon Go Players? WAFB reported on a case in Maryland in July 2016. The Wall Street Journal reported that a woman died due to a crash caused by the game. In Australia, a driver crashed into a school while distracted by the game. The Guardian reported on the incident. Syracuse.com even compiled a list of the number of injuries and accidents caused by the game. This list includes a case in Alabama where a Pokemon Go player got robbed at gunpoint, reported in local media. CBS 19 reported on a case where parents abandoned their two-year-old child to play the game. The child was crying for two hours while their parents were out. Fox 10 saw a case where one player pranked others. This prank led to their phone thrown into a lake. The San Diego Tribune ran a story about two men rescued by firemen. They fell off a 90-foot bluff while playing the game. CNBC reported on a second fatal accident caused by the game in Japan. Above are merely the reported incidents. We assume many more calamities go unreported. As attorneys, we get calls like this all the time. So we know.

Jan 6, 2019

A Little Apple Watch Causes Big Problems

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Michael Ehline of Ehline Law assists consumers hurt by inattentive drivers
Michael Ehline of Ehline Law assists consumers hurt by inattentive drivers The Apple Watch is trendy. Millions use it to keep track of their daily walks or play their favorite music. When paired with an iPhone, the device is compelling. However, when used behind the wheel, it can be a matter of life or death. The large number of these watches on drivers' wrists is a unique threat. And wrecks cause many car accidents and injuries. It is up to us to figure out how to reduce the number of accidents caused by this device. Smartwatches are a new type of device. They come with their list of challenges. Because of the way that people use watches, these machines are more likely to cause crashes. Smartwatches will be used more like a watch than a phone when driving. This type of distraction to check the weather or type in a phone number is a unique challenge. What are Some Unfortunate Examples and Stats? The Tech Times reported on a similar case regarding the smartwatch. The site cites a UK based road safety charity. The Institute of Advanced Motorists, or IAM, showed that the watch increases distracted driving. The group says that Apple likely does not take responsibility for the danger of their devices. The United Kingdom Department of Transport said that it would treat smartwatch distracted driving cases the same as ones, including smartphones. According to the CDC, at least eight people died each day due to distracted driving. Such crashes also injure more than 1,000 every day. One of the most common causes of distracted driving is due to cell phone use. Expect that with the increased use of smartwatches that the numbers will further increase. For more information about the risk of such devices, please continue reading our site. Ehline Law studies cases of distracted driving, causing accidents to inform the public better and prevent accidents. Our team sees the effects of such crashes and will do anything to prevent families from suffering them.

Jan 5, 2019

Pokémon Go the Dangerous App

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Dangers of Gaming While Driving
The app responsible for numerous auto accidents? The app gained appeal with kids, teenagers and adults using Pokémon Go. Los Angeles and Southern California did have reports of driver mishaps. Drivers watch the app as they drive too. Also, Pokémon Go has Pokémon or Pokestops as the objects of the game. These must be watched for with the app active. Dangers of Gaming While Driving Pokémon Go player while driving Here the threat begins with driver's taking their eyes off of the road. Also, players look at the app on their iPhone or Android. Distracted driving due to the use of any app can put the driver at risk. Though, it also puts passengers and anyone else on the road in danger. Because of auto accidents related to the app a hashtag happened. It too became used on social media sites #Don't Pokemon Go and Drive. Though, this slogan did trend on the Internet. It means to alert game players to the hazard of distracted driving. Car Accidents Related to the Pokémon Go App? Car accidents and in fact other harmful mishaps got reported to police. The media reported players of the hunt and the game disasters. • Los Angeles Police headquarters got reports of a multi-car pileup. The LA Times reported such incidences of multi-car pileups. • One study showed ten days of Pokémon Go. It suggested nationwide over 110,000 crashes happened. • App game player here hit a police car in Baltimore Maryland. • A driver here rear-ended another vehicle. Playing the game and driving at the time in Washington. • A driver playing the app game struck a tree in Auburn New York. • One driver too left their vehicle parked near traffic. They did this to catch a Pokémon causing a crash in Texas. • The situation became dangerous on the roadways in California. A California a bill proposed to expand the law in place as a ban on texting. They did this to prohibit the use of handheld devices and apps. The list could go on with mishaps of drivers distracted playing the app game. Some, in fact, caused serious harm. Harm to Pokémon Go Players Happens? Pokémon Go players put themselves in danger and others. Here are a few ways it happens: • Driving and playing:  Playing means looking at the app to find the Pokéstops or Pokéhotspots. Since it requires taking eyes off the road, it causes distracted driving. It can lead to getting hurt, hurting others or both. • Driving and stopping: Stopping at Pokéstops some drivers have stopped in the street too. This can cause a danger to other motorists as the driver's distracted. Here, the player chases the virtual creature Pokémon. • Players on foot: Pedestrians playing Pokémon put him or herself in danger. Crossing streets as the app here, in fact, keeps them distracted. Pokémon and Safety Loading the app and turning it on playing safe advisory loads. It's in fact to warn the player of potential distraction and harm. From a legal standpoint, distracted drivers get held liable for the injury. Playing Pokémon Go and driving means distracted driving. The player here shoulders liability for the harm they cause. It's a fact in this case drivers become distracted by apps. Whether, it's driver distraction from Pokémon Go or social media sites. Distraction can also happen with Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook. If a driver did get distracted, liability lies. Because of caused injuries and damages too. If someone acted carelessly by use of an app on their cell phone, they're negligent. At the time they operated a car, SUV, van or truck they're in fact liable. Though, if harm's suffered because of the negligence, you need legal advice. Please contact the top Los Angeles auto accident lawyer. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case.

Jan 5, 2019

Android - The Little Device that Distracts

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No Distracted Driving Sign, Red stop sign with words Distracted Driving and Accident icon with a stormy sky background In some ways, the proliferation of smartphone-connected watches is very active. In other ways, it is a Pandora's box of potential accidents. People often turn their heads to check the watch time and time again, making it into a routine. And many do so even while driving a car or motorcycle. And this is less safe than even the traditional phone. At least with the phone, a person has to pick it up to speak into it or use its apps. But this is not so much the case with the new smartwatches. Android Wear is very modern. And the new phase of watches probably is even more attractive looking and easy to use. CNet reported on some of the tips and tricks to use the new watch, and it looked compelling. Unfortunately, this use also includes a real possibility to distract a car driver. According to NHTSA, distraction is one of the worst causes of car accidents across the nation. And distracted driving affects people of all ages and driving experience levels. Such crashes increased over the last ten years, in large part due to cell phone use. Don't think that smartwatches will reduce the trend. Instead, their heavier use is more likely to cause increased crashes across the country. Almost 3,200 people died due to distracted driving in 2014 alone. What are the Means of a Distracted Driving Crash? So what makes the new smartwatch trend so dangerous? Part of this involves the way that people use phones and watches today. Phones require a conscious effort to use. As a result, some people choose not to use them while driving. They understand that it causes distraction. But people use watches in different ways than phones. Sometimes people use these devices without realizing it. Drivers used to check the time on their wrist may think nothing of using their watch to check a sports score. They may think nothing of changing the settings on their smartwatch. All of these cause crashes. For more information on preventing smartwatch crashes, please read our site. We've researched a variety of causes of accidents. And this remains especially the case for distracted driving and its many effects.

Jan 4, 2019

Snapchat App Often Related to Severe Injury and Death.

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Close-up of a businesswoman sending a text while driving to work
Close-up of a businesswoman sending a text while driving to work Snapchat is a top-rated app today. Millions use the phone app. However, it remains linked to some injuries and wrongful death. The case is worse when the users drive. Below you will see several incidents caused by the app. CNN recently compiled a list of accidents tied to it. Many Cases with a Common Thread? In one case reported by the Daily Beast, a man was beaten to death while using the app. His death was uploaded onto his account by his murderers. Police say that the man died after allegedly stealing a bong and marijuana pipe from one of the killers. Authorities report the killers recorded the young man, Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro, live on the app. They range from 19-20 years old and face up to 60 years in jail. A Tampa case was even darker. Police say that Snapchat likely caused the death of five people. ABC Action News reported on the crash. In this case, a young woman snapped her boyfriend, driving almost 116 mpg. The accident caused a severe fire. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 39 years old. Three adults and two children died in the crash. Shortly after the driver's girlfriend used Snapchat, he lost control of their VW Golf. It then crossed the median and collided nearly head-on with a Toyota Sienna, which caught fire. The Golf then struck another car, and debris hit yet a third vehicle. Two other car crash victims were in critical condition. Another case in New Jersey showed a man beaten up on Snapchat, reported on Patch.com. In another, the last Snapchats of two young people revealed they had become distracted by the app and lost at sea. The Daily Mail reported the two young men simply vanished. Also, CNN reported on another case in Georgia. And this allegedly showed a 107 mph accident caused by a Snapchat filter. All of these cases have a common thread. For injuries resulting from the app, please call or email Ehline Law today. Our team is ready to take on the cause of the accident. Most of all, our team is willing to help in any way we can. Furthermore, we allow our experience to speak for itself.

Jan 4, 2019

Snapchat and Distracted Driving

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Pop art comic speech bubbles retro design vector illustration
Pop art comic speech bubbles retro design vector illustration Cell Phones as Crash Magnets. Snapchat has become quite a popular application for smartphone users in the past couple of years. Girls and guys below the age of 27 are the biggest fans of the program, and few experts have even predicted that Snapchat might overcome Facebook in popularity in a few years to come. The reason behind its popularity is how this application works. Many other apps allow you to chat, but with this one, you do snap chatting. What it means is that every small and big conversation is made fun with the help of pictures – thus the name Snapchat. The pictures you send to the person you are chatting with will disappear from his screen within 10 seconds. Which text message will you pay more attention to the one that you know will stay in your inbox unless you delete it, or the one that you know will disappear in the next 10 seconds? Distracted Driving with Apps. From this, you can already conclude that chatting on Snapchat is even more dangerous while driving than doing regular texting. It is because you are more focused on the message you receive, knowing that it will disappear within 10 seconds. And this translates to more traffic accidents on the road. Few people would argue that they only take a couple of seconds to look at their texts, but this is an invalid argument. An accident does not even need a second to take place. It is all about attention. The moment you lose your attention, you not only lose focus on the road but also subconsciously forget that you are driving a car. Also, this can lead to a little rotation in your steering. The moment you look up, you realize that you are already on your way to hit into a pole or tree. Quite often, there is news on TV wherein a driver crashes into a tree, sways off the road, or runs into another car because he was looking at his phone. The problem with Snapchat is that this particular application requires your full attention when you look at it. For 3 to 4 seconds, your focus may not be on the road at all. When you are driving fast, these 3 to 4 minutes can prove to be fatal for a driver if an accident takes place. Another new feature on Snapchat is that this application will tell the user his speed. So this means people will now try to go as fast as they can and share their speeds on the go. Coming Soon to a Court Near You. There are no cases involving Snapchat as the culprit in a traffic accident as of now. However, the application is entirely new right now, and as time passes, we can expect news regarding Snapchat accidents creeping in. Driving while intoxicated is a crime. And driving while texting or looking at your Snapchat messages is no less crime. Just like intoxication, reading messages while driving leads to accidents, severe ones. It is best that you avoid using Snapchat or any other applications while driving, and that you instead try and become a role model for young drivers.