Voice-Activated Technology May Also Distract Drivers

A car accident injury attorney notes a 2015 study suggesting that voice-activated technology in vehicles may also be a source of distraction for drivers. Whenever a negligent driver causes an accident resulting in injuries, whether because of distracted driving or otherwise, the injured party can seek compensation with the help of a car accident lawyer.

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Study: Average Driver Remains Distracted For 27 Seconds After Using Voice-Activated Technologies

Hands-free technology in vehicles has become increasingly popular in recent years, but a 2015 study released by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that these voice-activated systems aren’t as safe as many people think. According to UpMatters, AAA reports that the human mind remains distracted for an average of 27 seconds after using voice-activated technologies, such as changing the radio station, requesting directions or dialing a phone number using audible commands.

The study suggests that distracted driving behaviors can occur even when one’s hands are both on the steering wheel. However, just how long a motorist remains distracted depends to some degree on the type of voice-activated system used and how familiar a user is with the device.  Even when using the top-ranked, least-distracting voice-activated systems, drivers typically remained distracted for a period of about 15 seconds, considerably increasing their risk of a distracted-driving related accident. The study also revealed that drivers who were particularly familiar with a system were slightly less susceptible to distraction, although some degree of risk still remained, the website reported.

How A Car Accident Injury Attorney Can Help

Drivers or passengers who are injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of another driver, whether that driver is distracted or is otherwise at fault, they may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income or ability to work
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury

If a driver or passenger is killed in a car accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:

  • Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
  • Loss of relationship or financial support of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses
  • Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death

People who have been injured in a car accident are advised to seek a qualified car accident injury attorney to help them protect their legal rights.

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