In 2012, California became the second state to legalize hands-free texting while driving, not as an endorsement of texting and driving, but in the hopes of reducing the number of distracted driving accidents that occur each year. However, a recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the University of Utah suggests that hands-free texting and voice-activated technologies are more dangerous for motorists to use while driving than simply making a hand-held call.
The study points to growing concerns that major automakers have already begun increasing the number of vehicles on the road with hands-free “infotainment” technology before there is adequate evidence on whether or not it is safe to use while driving. According to the AAA, hands-free communication contributes to “suppressed brain activity, slowed reaction times, missed visual cues and reduced visual scanning of the driving environment.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not made an official decision about whether the government should step in and impose regulations on in-vehicle distractions until more research has been conducted on the subject.
Driving while distracted can lead to serious injury accidents and even fatalities. If you believe you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle collision caused by driver negligence, call us at 213-514-8332 for a free consultation. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP, our car crash attorneys in Los Angeles have the legal skill and knowledge to protect our clients’ rights when going up against insurance companies.