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Automakers Continue Advancing Hands-Free Technology Despite High Auto Accident Risk

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.

Automakers have sent a mixed message to consumers as they preach the dangers of distracted driving while making hands-free technology standard in many of their cars. A study by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University 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.

One automaker has sponsored high school public service announcements urging students to refrain from talking on cell phones or texting while driving. The same company now offers as standard on several of its models a voice-activated system that can control the stereo, check e-mail and send text messages. The company justifies this by saying that consumers want to remain connected at all times, even while driving.

The Texas research found that voice-activated technologies do not necessarily minimize accident risk when compared to manual texting. 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.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia