Car manufacturing has steadily added new technology to its automobiles. The newest generation of cars now has voice command technology. This allows the driver to not only request the hands-free device to call any number, but also sends text messages and emails or updates one’s Facebook status.
A resent study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has conclude that dealing with voice command technology while driving is more distracting and dangerous than talking on a mobile phone. This danger will only increase as this technology is added to more cars.
Even though voice command devices are hands free, a driver can develop “inattention blindness.” Research shows that preforming these hands-free tasks actually takes more concentration than just using a mobile phone. While using this technology, drivers scan the road less frequently and may fail to see what is right in front of them, such as pedestrians and traffic signals.
Safe driving means being attentive to all that is going on around you. Complete attention to the road and its surrounding requires three things:
- Eyes on the road
- Hands on the wheel
- Mind on the task at hand
Currently there are about nine million vehicles on the road with this technology. By 2018 that number will increase to more than 62 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that in 2011 nearly 3,330 people were killed in car accidents that involved distracted drivers, and about 387,000 were injured.
After hearing about this study, the skilled attorneys Kaufman Law in Atlanta have to ask, “Is updating your Facebook page while driving worth risking your life?” Our lawyers want you to be safe while driving on our Georgia highways. If you have been the unfortunate victim in a car accident, we are ready to help you through the legal process to obtain compensation for your injuries. Please call us today for your free consultation.