CLE - Driver Distractions, Cell Phones and In-Car Devices

CLE - Driver Distractions, Cell Phones and In-Car Devices
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch and registration begin at 12:00 PM. Materials will be provided electronically prior to the program. 1 SUB credit


Presented with the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals

The issue of distracted driving has burgeoned with the steady increase of mobile and in-vehicle communications devices. While distracted driving includes any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the primary task of driving, the use of electronic devices while driving is particularly dangerous as they require visual, auditory and cognitive attention and often some form of manual attention as well.

Attention is a limited resource, so the increased use of cell phones and other in-car technologies raises concerns about road safety. The commonsense reasoning is that 1) driving requires attention, 2) in-car technology consumes attention, 3) there is less attention remaining for the driver so 4) the driver fails to respond, resulting in a collision. In this program, three ways of evaluating the risks posed by present and future in-car technologies will be discussed. One is to understand how drivers normally deploy attention to perform the driving task and then to analyze how and when in-car technologies are likely to interfere with normal driving. The second approach is to compare the risks posed by cell phones and new technologies with existing and widely accepted distractions such as eating, smoking, talking, and playing the radio. The third method is to review epidemiological analysis of accident data that purports to reveal the impact of in-car technology.

Distracted driving is an increasing problem that presents questions lawyers and courts will need to grapple with. Representing those impacted by these types of crashes, lawyers play a role in raising awareness about the dangers of devices that visually and cognitively distract drivers.

Don't miss this timely and informative program!


Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D.
Collision Reconstruction / Transportation Engineer
DJS Associates, INC.

Kevin P. O’Brien, Esq.
Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law

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3/11/2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market St., 11th Fl. Conference Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 UNITED STATES
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