In September of 2017, the state of Texas enacted a statewide ban on texting while driving in an effort to curb automobile accidents caused by distracted driving. Though the law explicitly discusses texting on one’s mobile device, it does not mention texting or interacting with wearable technology while driving. Now, a recent study done by the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) revealed wearable devices are just as distracting.
Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving
A recent press release on the new UTSA study states, “More than a quarter of car accidents reported each year are attributed to some form of distraction among drivers, often the result of talking or texting while driving.” Not only that, but it goes on to mention texting while driving is also the leading cause of death among teenagers.
The study, led by the assistant professor of computer science, Murtuza Jadliwala, utilized twenty volunteers in a driving simulator on the university’s campus. The student volunteers were tasked with driving in the simulator while using a smartphone or Google Glass. Jadliwala and his collaborators sent text messages to the students while they were in the simulator to determine how distracted they were by challenging them to drive safely and respond to the messages as they came in. They found that while the Google Glass is slightly less distracting, it provided the students with a false sense of security, as they were more likely to engage with the device due to its hands-free capabilities.
In addition to the Google Glass, there are other types of wearable technology that can also be a distraction for drivers. Millions of Americans wear smart watches that display certain data and can perform basic activities. No matter how a wearable technology is worn, it presents a serious danger while driving.
Though there is currently no law in place prohibiting the use of wearable technology while driving, texting while driving is illegal. Distracted driving behavior is incredibly dangerous and drivers that cause car accidents while driving distracted should face personal injury lawsuits by the victims. Victims of texting and driving accidents have a right to seek compensation from the negligent party.
Lubbock Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
There is no excuse for engaging in any type of distracting activity while driving. If you or someone you love was involved in a Lubbock auto accident caused by a distracted driver, call Liggett Law Group. Our Lubbock distracted driving accident attorneys can fight for your compensation so you can focus on recovering. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.