A staggering number of
car accidents can be directly linked to someone who was
texting at the time. By some estimates, including the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), anywhere between 20% and 40% of all traffic
collisions that cause
serious injury or
death involve at least one driver who was distracted by their cellphone. In
order to try to reduce this dramatic and upsetting percentage, many automakers
are including hands-free devices built into new standard models.
While this might seem like a step in the right direction, the National
Safety Council (NSC) has warned that it might actually be causing just
as much harm as good. Through various studies of their own, the NSC was
able to determine that hands-free devices in vehicles – whether
they are built into the console directly or added on as a bonus, Bluetooth
device – provided no additional safety features and did not make
any impact in lowering the number of accidents. For some drivers, a hands-free
device might even increase their chances of getting into a collision,
as it provides them with a false sense of security and safety; rather
than never picking up a cellphone while driving, they might be inclined
to try out a hands-free device.
It Is Never Safe to Text & Drive
The bottom line is that there is never a safe time to use your smartphone
while driving. The human mind is simply not suited for such complex, each-second-counts
type of multitasking. Some safety groups have determined that a cognitive
distraction – something that takes the mind away from the task at
hand – typically lasts close to 30 seconds more after the actual
distraction ends; that is to say, if you grab your cellphone and look
at it for just one second, your mind will still be distracted for half a minute.
Self-driving cars are also not expected to make driving and texting safe.
Tesla and other automakers exploring fully autonomous cars have consistently
warned that someone should always be seated behind the steering wheel,
paying full attention, and keeping hands on the wheel, just in case something
Struck By a Texting Driver?
If you were in a car accident and believe the other driver was distracted
at the time of the collision, proving it could be monumental for your
case’s strength. For professional help with constructing your case
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