Are You a Distracted Driving Addict?

I believe that whether people realize it or not, most are addicted to their smartphones and other mobile devices. Even if they wanted to, they don’t have the self-control to stop using these devices while driving.

Understanding and acknowledging that there’s an addiction is the first, of several steps, in fixing this growing safety problem. What happens next is up to all of us.

As reported by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. Truth be told, you’re holding a modern day slot machine in your hand. Most people can’t stop using it even if they wanted to.

According to Google software engineers, every time you check your phone, you’re playing the slot machine to see, ‘What did I get?’ (likes, shares, comments…). Your mind is being hijacked while creating habits. Potentially deadly habits when you do this while driving.

If you don’t believe me, take a close look at this recent post with interviews and videos, “What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care”

When you take in to consideration that smartphones are the new drug of choice for teens who also happen to be very inexperienced drivers, this entire safety issue has a whole new meaning.

Hands-Free is Not Safe

I believe the other big issue people are misinformed about is the false perception that it’s safe to use a hands-free Bluetooth system while driving. It’s not. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

The evidence shows that hands-free and Bluetooth devices offer no safety benefits whatsoever. In fact, they “distract” you from the act of driving for up to 27 seconds after use. The same concept applies to the quality of your attentiveness while driving when your passengers are using their smartphones. Click here for the research 

If you can’t stop yourself from using your smartphone while driving, then you’re probably addicted to your phone. Please get help before somebody is killed.

Lead by example and turn your smarthphone off before turning your car on. Learn more about the facts of distracted driving by visiting StopDD.today EndDD.org and ItCanWait.com

Six Legal Tips To Help Online Businesses Avoid Claims and Lawsuits

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful audience at Summit.Live. I shared six tips to help online businesses avoid claims, litigation, and lawsuits.

I hope you enjoy my presentation. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Notes:

Please note that while I am an attorney, I’m not your attorney. Please check with an attorney in your state before taking any of these legal steps.

A summary of my six tips are as follows:

  1. Do business as a corporation or LLC
  2. Protect and respect intellectual property rights
  3. Promote your products and services through your business and not you personally
  4. Use contracts and other written agreements
  5. Use mediation and arbitration clauses
  6. Use attorney fee and venue clauses

Distracted Driving Social Media Community Survey

Please participate (and share) this 60 second community focused distracted driving survey!

To all business owners, social media users, and social media experts:

When you see someone updating social media or livestreaming while driving, do you believe this is a public safety issue? If so, what do you do, if anything, to fix the problem?

I ask this question because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and I’m trying to determine how the social media community feels about this issue. I’m writing a new blog post on the topic and would value receiving your confidential feedback to this short survey.

By the way, if before answering this survey, you need more facts about distracted driving, I invite you to see Sue Scheff recent post “The Habit Of Distracted Driving: It Only Takes A Glance” or the resources at StopDD.Today

Click to take this 60 confidential second survey on SurveyMonkey http://bit.ly/survey-dd and also please share with your family, friends, and social media communities. Thank you!


April 15th Update and Results: Click here to see the survey results.

Guest Lecture at Chapman University

I had a blast guest lecturing in the Chapman University classroom of Professor Niklas Myhr aka “The Social Media Professor.” We talked about social media, marketing, law and being an entrepreneur and the Q&A with Professor Myhr and his students was priceless!

On a side note, every time I speak and interact with today’s high school and college students, I consistently walk away from the experience knowing that the future of our country is good hands. These young adults are going to do amazing things. I hope each and everyone of them stays in contact!

Just in case you’re interested, click the picture below or here to watch Professor Myhr’s Facebook Live video.

#ActionJackson Tip of the Day!

 

Each day I share 30 years of legal, business, and entrepreneurial tips with you in what I call my #ActionJackson Tip of the Day!

Most tips are presented in short 30-60 second video clips on Twitter @MitchJackson (click here). Every now and then I’ll share the video clips on social media and my websites.

Today I shared the following tips about your legal rights when it comes to searches of your smartphone by police and Border Protection Agents. Hope you find this information useful. If so, please share with your family and friends. Also follow me on social at Mitch.Social

Related Post (excellent article)

Can Border Agents Search Your Electronic Devices? It’s Complicated.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER LIABILITY

Streaming Lawyer Influencer LiabilityWhat Influencers Need To Know and Do When Recommending Someone Else’s Products or Services!

When an influencer recommends another person or promotes, shares or sells a third party’s products or services, she may be exposing herself to liability. This concept also applies to influencers who appear to be representing a product or service by their endorsement or “taking over” a person or company’s social media account.

Before we get started, please keep in mind that although I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in California, I’m not your lawyer. No legal advice is given in this article, and you should consult a qualified lawyer in your state with your questions or needs.

Having gotten that little California State Bar requirement out of the way, I’d like to share the following thoughts with you. This is a complicated and developing area of the law. Conflict of law issues together with new court holdings make it important for influencers to stay on top of these legal issues. With this in mind, I hope you find value in this post.

Recommendations of People, Products, and Services

You are an influencer who is asked to recommend or use a third party’s products or services.

While each case is different, under both State and Federal law, anyone who recommends another person or company’s product or service, can potentially be held legally responsible for damages sustained by an end user. If someone in your audience reasonably relies upon your recommendation and suffers harm because of negligence or even an intentional act such as fraud by the client who hired you, then the victim(s) could potentially point the finger at you for making that recommendation. Theories of liability differ in each state but may include negligence, fraud, breach of express and implied warranty and defective product theories including strict liability. Special, general and even punitive damages may be available to victims showing harm, damages, and losses.

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