A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah has found that the most popular voice controlled in-vehicle information and entertainment systems are no safer than handheld alternatives. Using a scale of 1 – 4, with anything above 2 increasing the potential for an accident, all 13 of the systems tested in this study rated at level 2 or above. 10 of the 13 systems tested rated over 3 and were found to create a level of distraction that lasted for nearly 30 seconds each. Imagine driving with your eyes closed for 30 seconds. That’s almost exactly what you’re doing when you use voice controlled information and entertainment systems while driving.
Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is the ideal time to consider driving habits that can cause serious injury or death. Your best bet is to decide on a playlist or radio station before moving your car and to stick with it the entire time you drive. Turn off your cellphone. Eat and drink before or after you drive. Do whatever it takes to keep your eyes and attention on the road. Your life and the lives of others truly depends on it.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver in California, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation today.