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Voice To Text While Driving

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Many motorists think that voice-activated texting is the safe option when it comes to texting while driving.  In reality, hands-free texting still pulls a driver’s attention away from the road and can increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

A study from Texas A&M University found that drivers took nearly twice as long to react when they were texting, regardless of whether they used voice-activated software. The study also found that the drivers made less eye contact with the road when texting in either form.

Even though the drivers reported feeling safer when they used voice-activated software to text, the study found it made no difference.

A recent study found that while participants perceived an increased level of safety while using the hands-free interface, response times and drift did not significantly differ from those manually texting.

The National Safety Council argues that hands-free cell phone conversations are also distracting. A driver’s field of view narrows while talking on the phone, causing them to miss up to 50% of what is around them.

The mind can only process one task at a time. That is why it is difficult to talk on the phone and read a book. It is similarly difficult to talk on the phone while focusing on driving safely.

Distracted driving can take many forms – from using a cellphone, to changing the music, to dealing with backseat passengers – and sometimes people are injured by drivers who are not paying as much attention as they should be.

If a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian is injured by a distracted driver who was driving without due care for safety, the injured person may be able to obtain compensation for his or her injuries, medical expenses and lost wages through a personal injury lawsuit against the driver.

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, contact our offices for a free consultation.  For over 40 years, we have been helping our clients get the justice they deserve.