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Hands-Free Technology Remains Driver Distraction 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.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving is among the biggest traffic safety issues for drivers. In its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, AAA reports that more than 80 percent of drivers identify driver distraction as a serious problem that makes them feel unsafe while driving. Government agencies estimate that distraction contributes to 16 percent of all fatal accidents and caused approximately 5,000 deaths each year.

A study by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University indicates that 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.

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: Auto Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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