Cell phones have become an integral part of American daily life by providing users with numerous social and technological conveniences. Unfortunately, cell phones are also responsible for 78% of all distracted driving accidents in the United States. Despite endless awareness campaigns and updated traffic laws, many drivers continue to reach for their cell phones while in the car.
The Controversial Answer
Hands-free and voice-command devices were introduced as an answer to the cell phone dilemma. In theory, these devices should be safer because they take away the need to text or fiddle with a device while in a car. The problem is that these hands-free devices provide ongoing distractions for drivers. In fact, the introduction of hands-free and voice-command devices has not decreased the number of yearly accidents as developers initially intended.
The reason hands-free devices are so dangerous is because they give drivers the opportunity to be distracted for longer periods of time. Instead of sending a quick text or checking a GPS device, drivers are now having full-on verbal and speech-to-text conversations while driving. When this happens, their attention is naturally focused on their conversation partner instead of the road. According to the National Safety Council, drivers can’t process up to 50% of their surroundings while they are having conversations. This leaves most drivers unable to anticipate potential road hazards and incapable of circumventing immediate emergencies.
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Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC if you’ve been injured in a car collision due to a distracted driver. Our Austin car accident lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation of your case, help you take the appropriate legal steps in filing your claim, and legally represent you in court. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t be charged any attorney fees unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.
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