In the race to combat distracted driving, technology may be taking too much of the blame and not getting enough of the credit. There is no doubt that the use of technology, namely cell phones and smart phones, is one of the major contributing factors to distracted driving. However, according to a 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-sponsored study reported on by Time Idea, non-technology related driving distractions, such as looking at something outside, applying makeup and dealing with insects, have higher odds of causing a car accident than dialing or talking on a hand-held devices.
In addition, not only is technology getting a worse rap than it deserves for distracting drivers, it may not be getting the credit it deserves for helping to prevent distracted driving related car accidents. Technology such as Waze, a traffic app that provides real-time updates, and NoNap and Anti-Sleep Pilot, which keep tabs on a driver’s alertness and warns them if they are falling asleep and need to pull over, are designed to minimize distractions and improve driver safety.
Like everything else, technology has its benefits and its downside. There is plenty of good that technology is doing to help lessen distracted driving. That being said, the fact remains that technology can be a distraction to drivers and needs to be regulated. However, those regulations should specify the type of device and type of usage to be limited or banned and should only be a part of an overall effort designed to eradicate every form of distracted driving.
No matter what form it takes, the dangers of distracted driving can never be overstated. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal car accident caused by a distracted driver would surely attest to that. If you or someone you love was the victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our national accident lawyer at (866) 377-3800 today for a free consultation.
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