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Eddie Farah Discusses New Technology Intended to Prevent Distracted Driving and Accidents

Posted on March 2, 2012

As a Florida personal injury attorney, Eddie Farah thoroughly understands the dangers of distracted driving and how serious the consequences can be for not only the distracted driver, but also innocent motorists on the road as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an alarming 16 percent of fatal crashes and 20 percent of injury crashes involved distracted driving in 2009. In addition, close to 500,000 were injured in distracted driving-related accidents the same year, with more than 5,000 fatalities.

To combat the growing problem of distracted driving, some feel technology can be an excellent way to prevent drivers from engaging in this risky behavior. With this in mind, the Discovery Channel has assembled a list of the top five distracted driving prevention technologies. However, it’s important to note that even with these technologies, distracted driving is not erased since a person who may utilize these technologies still may not be giving their full attention to the road while driving.

  • Hands-free devices: Most cell phones come with a wired earbud to allow users to chat wirelessly, but Bluetooth headsets may be a better solution as drivers can also make and answer calls hands-free and with the push of a button.
  • Voice-recognition technology: This type of technology lets users send text messages, e-mails, get directions, make and receive calls, and a lot more, with just your voice (finger lifting not required). One example is Sensory’;s Truly Handsfree.
  • Cell phone lockdown: Certain smartphone applications, such as CellSafety and iZup, utilize GPS to block different functionalities (like texting or internet surfing) when a driver is going faster than a certain speed. The drawback is some allow a driver to still make and receive calls, and also some require a monthly fee.
  • Safety features for auto DVD players and GPS systems: Built-in GPS systems have a safety feature which will prevent drivers from keying anything in while the vehicle is moving. Similarly, built-in auto DVD players disable driver-viewable screens while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Self-driving cars: Google is testing new cars that drive themselves using robotics and artificial intelligence.

As distracted driving is an increasing problem amongst motorists, the likelihood of being involved in a distraction-related accident is unfortunately very high. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, Florida distracted driving accident attorney Eddie Farah and the legal team of Farah & Farah may be able to help you obtain compensation from negligent parties for your injuries. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a consultation.

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