adult boomer on his phone while drivingVoice Texting Safety Myth

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in California and throughout the U.S. While many people know the dangers of texting while driving, there is still a lot of misinformation about what does and doesn’t constitute distracted driving. For example, there are a lot of people who would never manually text behind the wheel but still engage in voice texting. Unfortunately, the research shows that voice-to-text applications offer no real safety advantages over traditional manual texting.

 

The Three Different Types of Distractions Behind The Wheel

Distracted behaviors behind the wheel can be classified into one or more of three categories. First, there are manual distractions. These distractions require a person to take his or her hands off of the wheel. Manual distractions can be texting, messing with the radio, putting on makeup or even eating. Next, there are visual distractions. Visual distractions are any behaviors that take your eyes off of the road. Finally, there are cognitive distractions. A cognitive distraction is anything that takes your mind off of the task of driving.

 

Texting is More Than a Manual Distraction

Traditional texting is a manual, cognitive and visual distraction. Even if you use voice texting technology, you’re still engaging in a cognitive distraction, and cognitive distractions can be just as dangerous as manual and visual distractions. Research shows that response times are significantly delayed whether drivers are voice texting or manually texting. Furthermore, drivers who use voice-to-text applications are lulled into a false sense of safety, which may encourage them to engage in more voice texting. Unfortunately, the data shows that driving performance suffers equally under both types of texting.

 

Distracted Driving Accidents in San Diego

After any kind of car accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries. Also, it can take additional time to determine if a driver was distracted behind the wheel at the time of the crash, so a Personal Injury lawyer can keep you abreast of any investigative developments.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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