Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) February 11, 2014
Commenting on a news report about a proposal to ban drivers from wearing "Google Glass," Buffalo car accident lawyer James E. Morris of the Law Offices of James E. Morris said the measure should be seriously considered.
Morris said he has handled many serious car accident cases involving distracted drivers, and he raised concerns that Google Glass will be another gadget that could become a major distraction. Google Glass is a tiny computer mounted on an eyeglass frame.
Morris expressed his comments in response to an article published in The Washington Post about the proposed legislation. (The Washington Post, “New York May Nix Google Glass For Drivers,” Jan. 15, 2014)
Citing fears of distracted driving accidents, a New York State lawmaker wants to create a law that would ban drivers from wearing Google Glass. Morris said those are valid concerns.
“Car accidents caused by distracted drivers in New York have become a serious problem,” Morris said. “Lawmakers certainly need to carefully consider this proposal before voting on it. They would be wise to deliberate on whether steps need to be taken to protect other drivers and pedestrians from people wearing Google Glass and other similar devices. Our law firm has represented clients injured because other drivers were distracted by the latest technology. Driver distraction is a growing problem that demands serious attention.”
New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, of Brooklyn, proposed the legislation that would ban drivers from wearing Google Glass while driving, according to The Washington Post. New York is not the only state considering such legislation. Politicians in West Virginia and Wyoming are considering similar legislation, The Washington Post reported.
Ortiz explained why he believes New York should ban such devices in an article published by DNAinfo New York, a neighborhood news website. (DNAinfo New York, “Google Glass Should Be Banned Behind the Wheel, State Assemblyman Says,” Jan. 13, 2014) The DNAinfo New York article also noted that Ortiz helped spearhead the successful drive to outlaw the use of handheld cellphones while driving.
Restricting the use of electronic devices that distract drivers makes roads safer for everyone, Morris said.
“It’s better to be proactive than to wait for a tragedy to happen,” Morris said. “Numerous studies have shown that cellphones, especially when drivers are using handheld ones, distract drivers and divert their attention away from the road around them. Google Glass has the potential to do the same thing. While this proposal might or might not one day become law, we always encourage drivers to make the right choice and avoid distractions.”
Morris said attorneys can help injured victims pursue compensation after car accidents. A lawyer can help hold the negligent individual accountable and send a message that careless behavior won’t be tolerated on New York roads, he said.
For more information about what to do after a distracted driving accident in New York and the legal options available to injury victims, call (716) 855-1118 or toll-free at (800) 477-9044 for a free case evaluation or complete the online contact form.
About the Law Offices of James E. Morris
James E. Morris is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University at Buffalo Law School. He has been practicing law in Western New York for more than 25 years. Morris has achieved the highest rating of "10.0 Superb" by national independent rating service Avvo and "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2004, he formed his practice, which is 100 percent devoted to personal injury and wrongful death litigation. The law firm does not charge any legal fees unless their client is granted a recovery.
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