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New technology in cars creating higher distracted driver risk

The dangers of talking on a cellphone led many states to require drivers to use hands-free devices or risk getting a traffic ticket. A distracted driver also sees Texting and driving as another factor in causing an accident.

A new study of hands-free technology that allows drivers to have a telephone conversation, change music selections or send a text message may be creating a higher risk of a car collision than auto manufacturers realize. According to the study, a driver remains distracted for up to 27 seconds after using the hands-free technology. Given the fact that a car traveling at a speed of 25 mph covers a distance of almost 300 yards in 27 seconds, the new technology could be raising the risk of a car accident instead of lowering it.

A distracted driver is at risk of running through a red light or a stop sign, failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian or crossing into oncoming lanes of traffic and causing a head-on collision. Apparently, the answer to texting and driving or other driver distractions may not be the new technology now being delivered with new vehicles.

The researchers who conducted the study hope to persuade manufacturers of the hands-free systems to improve existing systems, so they no longer pose risk of distraction. In the meantime, an injured auto accident victim may be entitled to receive compensation from a negligent driver who is distracted while driving. An Orange County, personal injury attorney who is skilled and knowledgeable in the handling of car accidents might be able to help.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Voice commands while driving still distracting and risky, AAA study says," Jerry Hirsch, Oct 22, 2015

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