Just because the distracted driving law in Pennsylvania allows drivers to talk on their cell phones while driving does not mean they should. Talking on cell phones or smartphones while driving is a distraction and causes many car, truck and pedestrian accidents in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs.
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When dialing a number on their phones while driving, drivers have to look at their phones to dial the number. This takes their eyes off the road and can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents.
Many drivers may say that their phones have voice activated systems so they don't have to take their eyes off the road to dial phone numbers. They can just speak into their phones, which will automatically dial the number of the person they are calling. However, drivers are mistaken when they believe they are practicing safe driving when they don't take their hands off the wheel to call someone.
A new study found that voice activated smartphones may make distracted driving problems worse instead of better. According to a study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah last month, voice activated systems on smartphones are prone to errors and may actually require more concentration from drivers rather than less. In the study, the voice activated systems in smartphones were tested by 162 university students and other volunteers in 3 settings: a laboratory, a driving simulator and in cars while driving on the road.
Voice activated systems with the worst ratings were those that made errors even when the drivers' voice commands were clear. Therefore, drivers had to concentrate on the exact words they wanted to use for the systems to follow their commands.
Apple's Siri received the worst rating. Two test drivers using Siri in a driving simulator rear-ended another car. Siri sometimes garbled text messages and selected wrong numbers from personal phone contact lists. During the test, Siri called 911 instead of a phone number requested by the test driver. It also dialed the wrong phone numbers from the driver's contacts stored in the phone.
Even though the law in Pennsylvania only bans drivers from texting while driving, drivers should not be talking on their cell phones while driving. Though voice activated systems in smartphones allow drivers to call, text or get directions without drivers taking their hands off the wheels, they are still distracted when driving.
PA drivers need to break the habit of talking or texting on their cell phones and smartphones while driving to avoid causing serious and fatal accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was talking or texting while driving, call Daniel J. O'Brien, Esq. to schedule a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396
*Source: www.foxbusiness.com (Studies: Voice-activated smartphones, dashboard infotainment systems can distract drivers)