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Technology for Teen Drivers

With growing up, being able to drive is a source of freedom and independence for many teens. Parents often have reluctance handing over the keys, however, and for good reason. Teen drivers are more likely to get into serious and fatal accidents. Young drivers aged 16 to 24 continue to be at higher risk of being killed in a motor vehicle accident per kilometre than all other age groups, according to Transport Canada. About 24 percent of fatalities and 26 percent of those seriously injured are in the 16 to 24 age range when only 13 percent of licenced drivers fall in that age group.

There are many reasons for teen driver accidents, including texting while driving. A 2013 survey of 108,000 adolescent drivers in Ontario found that 46 percent of licensed students in Grade 12 admitted to having texted while driving. Distracted driving is a major cause of teen accidents along with driver inexperience, reckless driving and driving impaired. Teen driver accidents continue to occur in large numbers despite driver training programs, Graduated Driver Licensing, and the risks of trouble with parents, getting into an accident and getting charged with an offence.

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Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

Howard Yegendorf & Associates

Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

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Car manufacturers are helping to increase safety on the road for all road users by introducing new technology for teen drivers. Ford has introduced “MyKey,” a programmable system specific to an individual car key that allows parents to set the controls and view how their teen operated the vehicle. Available in any model equipped with the MyFordTouch infotainment system, which allows parents to limit the vehicle’s maximum speed (e.g., to 120 kilometres per hour) and it provides a speed alert that chimes at speeds that parents pre-set (e.g., 70, 80 and 90 kilometres per hour) to remind teens to slow down. The system also mutes the radio until the front seat belts are buckled. It has a “Do Not Disturb” feature that blocks incoming phone calls and text messages while the vehicle is turned on.

For the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, GM is introducing a similar initiative called “Teen Driver,” which will be built into the car’s existing MyLink system that operates navigation and entertainment controls. Like Ford’s “MyKey,” the vehicle is programmable for settings that are unique to a specific car key, such as limiting top speeds that the vehicle will travel. It also has a “report card” display on the vehicle’s video screen which displays data such as maximum speed reached, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged. It can mute audio until seat belts are buckled and mute email and texts on paired devices during driving. The system can be set so that the car’s safety features, such as parking assist and forward collision alert, cannot be disabled. GM says that after this first launch, it plans to include “Teen Driver” in more cars.

GM has also introduced “Family Link,” a vehicle tracking device which is part of its “OnStar” service. Parents can locate the vehicle at any time by going onto the system’s website and they can also set geographic boundaries for their teen driver so that the system will provide a text alert if the car is driven outside this area. GM’s OnStar service provides navigation and calls emergency services if you are in a collision. Using the OnStar website, you can set up to receive text messages at specific locations (e.g. to let you know that your teen has arrived at school or at home).

Features that create awareness of speed and location for parents are also now available from Truvolo, a small device that plugs into your car’s diagnostics port and works with your smartphone. The self-diagnostic feature runs a test each time the vehicle starts, checking for mechanical problems. It also sends alerts to parents based on arrival at specific locations. Its built-in sensors can report to parents via a smartphone application as to how the car is being driven. For example, alerts will be sent to the parent if the teen driver rapidly accelerates, swerves or suddenly brakes hard, activating the antilock brakes and stability control.

Another new technology being offered is voice-activated controls and buttons on the steering wheel for paired devices. On 30 of its 2015 models, GM already has this available so that text messages can be read out loud, which can be answered by voice technology. A “do not disturb” mode can also be set automatically with a text to the sender stating, “I am driving and will respond when I arrive.”

The option to have dictated text messages along with hand-free calls and access to several iPhone functions (e.g., Siri) will be available in Apple’s new “CarPlay” system. Google is similarly bringing its Android operating system to cars. These systems will be available soon in various vehicle makes and models. However, critics are suggesting that talking in hands-free mode while driving is just as unsafe as driving while holding a phone.

In order to make the new technology a positive and safe experience for teen drivers, much discussion is needed within families about the purpose of the technology, which is to help keep teens safe by encouraging them to develop safe driving habits. An agreement between parents and teens should be made about where and how your teen can drive. The technology is not there to replace teaching proper driving skills but to provide additional support.

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At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we are accident lawyers in Ottawa Ontario, serving clients in Toronto and Kingston as well. If there has been an injury or fatality in your family from a driving accident caused by another’s negligence, we can obtain fair compensation for you. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay a retainer or any legal fees until the case is resolved. Contact our personal injury law firm in Ottawa at 1-866-303-5118.

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Rony Podolsky
Rony Podolsky
13:34 19 Jan 18
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help.Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there.Highly recommended!
Natalia Bradu
Natalia Bradu
15:46 17 May 17
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
Michael Dagenais
Michael Dagenais
16:42 14 Mar 17
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
Brian Mandelker
Brian Mandelker
15:41 21 Apr 17
Howard is an excellent, meticulous lawyer. Perhaps even more important though, is that he is a compassionate human being. A very good listener and an even better questioner!
Stephen McGill
Stephen McGill
14:22 16 Feb 17
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.
Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop
02:09 04 Mar 19
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
Julie
Julie
13:50 23 Nov 19
Najma from Howard Yegendorf's office represented me and she is the lawyer you want on your team. Najma has incredible skills at negotiating and getting the results that you deserve.Najma helped me through the worst nightmare of my life and I will always appreciate the compassion she showed me. From the moment I handed my case to Howard Yegendorf and Associates it was like a weight was lifted off of me and I knew everything was going to be just fine.
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