Are heads-up displays (HUDs) used in automobiles a safer alternative to using a cell phone while driving?
A heads-up display such as Google Glass was designed to make it easier for drivers to multi-task. Instead of having to reach for a cell phone to make a call or create a text, drivers are able to read the message that is projected and then reply by speaking. While this may seem like a viable alternative to texting while driving, some safety groups fear that using these devices while driving still pose a threat as a distraction. Texting while driving has reached epidemic proportions. If you have been injured by a negligent driver who was texting and driving, speak immediately with a qualified St. Louis car accident attorney.
The Simulation Testing of Google Glass
Researchers used 40 drivers in their 20’s in a simulation test to determine if Google Glass and other similar products were useful for drivers. The results showed that drivers exchanging messages through the use of Google Glass were just as slow to respond to traffic changes as those who were texting on their smartphone. While recovery time was quicker, there was still a risk by the lack of space Google Glass users were leaving between their car and the one in front of them. Another study found that regardless of the method used to read and respond to texts, drivers were more likely to exhibit erratic speed changes and drifting across lanes as they attempted to multi-task while driving.
The Risks of Texting While Driving
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun to compare the risk of texting while driving with not wearing a seatbelt or drinking while behind the wheel. Of all the possible distractions to a driver, texting is considered by many to be the most dangerous. It is estimated that your eyes are off of the road for five seconds while you are reading a text, which at 55 mph is enough time to cover the length of a football field. Texting while driving has been made illegal in 44 states, yet in Missouri that law (currently) only applies to drivers 21 and younger. Older drivers should be aware of the risks and only read and send messages when not driving.
Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers
Any device that distracts you from the responsibility of keeping your eyes on the road is potentially risking the lives of other drivers. If text messaging was the reason why another car struck yours, you may have a legal right to be compensated for resulting damages and injuries. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 to review your case and determine what the next course of action should be.