People generally agree that texting and driving causes distraction and is a dangerous activity. However, many new smartphones now come equipped with a voice activated texting options, such as Vlingo for Android phones or Siri for iPhones. Many drivers who would usually not manually text while driving do not hesitate to use voice activated texting because they believe their eyes can remain on the road. However, a recent study has demonstrated that texting with your voice is also highly distracting and is not safer than manually texting while driving. If you have been involved in an auto accident with a driver who was texting in any capacity, even with their voice, a Newnan auto accident lawyer can help hold that driver responsible for your injuries.
The study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute happened as a result of a steadily increasing number of serious accidents caused by texting, and the Institute released the results of the study in April as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the National Safety Council. The study tested drivers on a closed course, driving 30 miles per hour, first while they were manually texting and then while they were using voice activated texting. The driving performances were found to be about the same regardless of the method of texting taking place.
The key is that there are three main types of distractions while driving: visual distractions that take your eyes off the road, cognitive ones that take your focus off the road, and manual ones that take your hands off the wheel. Voice activated texting still requires the driver to look at the phone to make sure the text is accurate or to read incoming messages, and it also takes the driver's mind and focus off of the road as they are dictating texts. So, even if you think you are making a good choice by voice texting instead of manually texting, you are still putting your own and others' lives at risk.
If you are injured in an car accident with a distracted driver who was texting, you can likely recover for your injuries. The Law Offices of Shane Smith has experienced Newnan auto accident lawyers who know how to get you the maximum settlement. Do not hesitate to call today at (770) 487-8999.