Cell phones have become an integral part of American daily life by providing
users with numerous social and technological conveniences. Unfortunately,
cell phones are also responsible for 78% of all
distracted driving accidents in the United States. Despite endless awareness campaigns and updated
traffic laws, many drivers continue to reach for their cell phones while
in the car.
The Controversial Answer
Hands-free and voice-command devices were introduced as an answer to the
cell phone dilemma. In theory, these devices should be safer because they
take away the need to text or fiddle with a device while in a car. The
problem is that these hands-free devices provide ongoing distractions
for drivers. In fact, the introduction of hands-free and voice-command
devices has not decreased the number of yearly accidents as developers
The reason hands-free devices are so dangerous is because they give drivers
the opportunity to be distracted for longer periods of time. Instead of
sending a quick text or checking a GPS device, drivers are now having
full-on verbal and speech-to-text conversations while driving. When this
happens, their attention is naturally focused on their conversation partner
instead of the road. According to the National Safety Council, drivers
can’t process up to 50% of their surroundings while they are having
conversations. This leaves most drivers unable to anticipate potential
road hazards and incapable of circumventing immediate emergencies.
No Legal Fees Unless We Win
Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC if you’ve been injured in a car
collision due to a distracted driver. Our
Austin car accident lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation of your case, help you take the appropriate
legal steps in filing your claim, and legally represent you in court.
Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t be charged
any attorney fees unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.
We’re available 24/7! Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC
at (512) 271-5112 to schedule your free consultation.