A new study from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University shows that drivers who use voice-to-text services or voice recognition programs are just as dangerous as those drivers who text while driving. *
In the study, 43 drivers were asked to navigate a driving course 3 times, doing the following for each time:
Results showed that drivers who were texting or using voice-to-text services to compose messages took twice as long to react as compared to when they weren't texting. Further, these drivers also took their eyes off the road more than drivers who weren't texting. In fact, drivers using voice-to-text programs took longer to compose a message because they also needed additional time to correct the mistakes made by the voice recognition programs.
With new apps and technologies coming out every day, such as voice recognition programs or apps for smartphones, drivers are intrigued and have the misconception that dictating a text is better than typing a text. That is simply not true. Drivers should not be texting while driving or using dictation apps to compose texts while driving.
Though Pennsylvania passed the no texting while driving law last March, many drivers are still texting while driving. For many drivers, they know the dangers associated with texting while driving and know that they should not be doing it, but still text anyway.
The reason is probably because texting has become a habit for drivers, and coupled with the fact that they have been fortunate not to be involved in accidents thus far. The more they text without incident, the more likely they believe they will not cause an accident when they text while driving.
Distracted car accidents may cause innocent victims to suffer serious injuries, and in some tragic accidents, innocent lives are taken. Most negligent drivers who were texting while driving had no intentions of hurting anybody. When they finally stop texting while driving, the damage has already been done. Lives are significantly affected and may be cut short.
If you or a loved one was in a distracted driving accident and want to know your legal rights, feel free to contact the car and truck accident lawyers at White and Williams LLP to discuss your accident. 877.944.8396
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