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Workers’ Compensation Insurers Face Rise in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Although there has been an overall decline in workers’ compensation claims, the frequency of claims for motor vehicle accidents has increased in recent years. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in a new report, these accidents can …

Half of Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving with Kids in Car

About half of parents talk on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 are in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven use social media. A …

More Than 100 Motorists Stopped on First Day of Georgia Hands-Free Law

State troopers made over a hundred stops enforcing Georgia’s new hands-free driving law Sunday, the first day the law was in effect. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tracey Watson told WSB-TV the Georgia State Patrol issued 34 citations and 98 …

Georgia Bans Use of Handheld Devices While Driving

Georgia has become the latest state to ban the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel. Gov. Nathan Deal signed H.B. 673 into law on May 2, making Georgia the 16th state to ban using a cellphone, including texting, …

Why Having Cell Phone Conversations While Driving Is Risky

It’s generally acknowledged that talking on a cell phone impedes driving ability. But new research from the University of Iowa is showing how even a simple conversation can affect the brain’s ability to focus on the roadway. UI researchers used …

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Leads Motorists to Check Social Media While Driving

Social media and FOMO (fear of missing out) could be putting road-users at risk, as motorists admit to checking social networking sites and reading messages on their phones while driving, according to UK insurer Aviva. A poll of 1,565 drivers* …

PEMCO Poll: Nearly Half of Northwest Drivers Use Phones Behind the Wheel

Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance announced that nearly half of Northwest drivers admit they illegally use their phones while driving – and a majority do it because they don’t think it’s “too dangerous.” That’s according to a poll the insurer commissioned in …

Hands-Free Law Urged for Massachusetts Drivers

Welcome to Massachusetts signs can mean more to drivers than just crossing a state line. For some, they also signal that it’s OK to pick up their cellphones, punch in a phone number and make a call. That’s because all …

Cell Phone Notifications Drive More Distraction: Study

Driver distraction could happen even when the driver isn’t using their cell phone. That’s according to a new study by Florida State University that found just receiving a notification on a cell phone can cause enough of a distraction to …

Indiana Issues Few Tickets in 1st 3 Years of Texting Law

A three-year-old law barring Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than tickets from police officers, who say the law makes it hard to prove a driver is in violation. The 2011 law was a follow-up to …