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Hands-Free Technology Creates High Auto Accident Risk

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Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

Despite the insistence of hands-free and voice-activated technology supporters, a study indicates that drivers who use hands-free devices are just as much at risk of being involved in an auto accident as drivers who are distracted by manually operated devices.

According to a study by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, the distraction risk is just as strong whether a driver uses a hands-free device or manually operated technology. Researchers used a tracking device to measure the level of distraction when a person used voice-activated texting technology. They measured how many times the driver looked at the road while dictating or reading text messages, and how long it took the driver to complete each text. Researchers also focused on how long the drivers took to respond to a light that flashed periodically. 

Researchers found that voice-activated technologies do not necessarily minimize accident risk when compared to manual texting. The researchers conducted their test on two voice-activated systems developed for the iPhone and Android devices.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police.  Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.


If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

Category: Distracted Driving

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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