For most teens, getting a driver’s license is exciting and liberating. But for their parents, it can be an anxiety-filled time. That’s because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and teens are four times more likely to be in a crash than older drivers.
All teens are at risk for an accident because the leading crash risk is inexperience. Most teen crashes occur in the first six months of having a license.
That’s why all 50 states have some form of graduated drivers licensing (GDL), which restricts when and how teens can drive. For example, GDLs limit the number of passengers a teen driver can have in the first year of licensure. Restrictions vary by state, but all are designed to keep teens out of high-risk driving situations, while giving them a chance to gain experience in lower-risk situations.
Be Smart. Be Well. Teen Driving is video stories, resources, tips and tools to learn more about how parents and teens can work together to reduce accidents by teens learning to drive. besmartbewell.com/teen-driving
On Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 2 PM ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with Human Factors experts Mr. William N. Nelson and Mr. Mark Heidebrecht, presented , a free, one-hour, interactive webinar for all legal professionals.
Over the past 10 years, there have been many significant changes in the Driver-Vehicle-Environment relationship that have resulted in a 9% reduction in vehicle crashes but a 20% increase in crashes involving Driver Distraction on US highways. As roads have generally become safer, more vehicles than ever are on US Highways. And today’s vehicles have become more complex with the introduction of new technology that has improved safety but also made it more difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles. Drivers are also challenged more than ever with the availability of smart-phones, lightweight laptops, book readers, video displays, GPS, radar detectors, graphic displays, etc., in addition to external distractions such as highway information displays, electronic billboards, commercials signs, etc.
When crashes do occur, how can a Human Factors expert assist with identifying what errors have occurred and who is responsible for the decisions that resulted in those errors? This webinar will help to remove some of confusion, clarify what is really occurring on US highways, and explain the possible effects these changes may have for attorneys who try to sort it all out.
During the presentation, our presenters covered the following topics:
* The Evolution of Driver Distraction
* The Four Steps of Human Information Processing
* The Three Categories and Types of Driver Distractions
* Common Misperceptions of Driver Distractions
* The Truth about Multi-tasking
* The Unintended Consequences of New Technology
* What Role Billboards Have in Driver Distraction
* What Are the Roles of Industry, Government, and Educators in Reducing Driver Distractions
About the Experts
William Nelson has over 30 years of experience in Ergonomics, Biomechanics, and Human Factors. Mr. Nelson’s expertise and areas of specialization include product liability, personal injury, premises liability, and accident reconstruction. He has been directly involved with the commercialization of emerging technologies such as holography, lasers, acoustic reflectometry, and electronics. Of special interest to Mr. Nelson are the unintended consequences from the use of emerging technologies in today’s multicultural society. Of particular interest is the emerging research in the areas of Driver Distraction, Sports Injuries, and Medical Errors, and how to help prevent injuries. Mr. Nelson has been a presenter at national and international conferences. He has over 18 years of litigation support experience as an expert witness throughout the US in municipal, state and federal Court as well as experience with the Daubert hearing process.
Mr. Heidebrecht has 20 years of experience in the research and application of Ergonomics, Biomechanics, Physiology, and Human Factors principles. As a Board Certified Ergonomics/Human Factors professional, Mr. Heidebrecht’s expertise and areas of specialization include: product liability, personal injury, premises liability, and accident reconstruction. Areas of special interest include Injury Causation, Driver Distraction, Helmets & Concussions, and Medical Errors. Mr. Heidebrecht developed and teaches a preparation course for professionals pursuing certification in Human Factors and Ergonomics. He has testified as an expert in front of OSHA regarding the proposed Ergonomic Standard and was asked to present to the National Academy of Sciences regarding the effectiveness of ergonomic interventions and the early identification of musculoskeletal disorders. Mr. Heidebrecht has been involved in product development and commercialization of medical products using emerging technologies. He has also presented to and consulted with numerous corporate clients, governments, and educational and medical institutions throughout the US. He has given litigation support as an expert witness throughout the US in municipal, state and federal Court as well as with the Daubert hearing process.
About The TASA Group, Inc.
TASA provides independent testifying and consulting experts to the legal community, within the fields of business, technology, the arts, and science. TASA experts are available locally and nationally, for plaintiff or defense. They assist with various phases of litigation, including case merit evaluation, strategy, education, research, reporting, and testimony. TASA serves law and insurance professionals, businesses, and government agencies.