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Voice Control Devices Still Distracting

Published on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm in Distracted Driving Accident.

New cars today can make phone calls for you and probably even pay your bills all by the sound of your voice. But in a groundbreaking new study, AAA shows hands-free isn’t risk free, and implores auto manufacturers to consider safety before installing new and smarter gadgets.

In 2011, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety set out to study whether hands-free devices actually reduce the risk of driver distraction.

Drivers can be distracted in three primary ways:

  1. Visual distraction (eyes off the road)
  2. Manual distraction (hands off the wheel)
  3. Cognitive distraction (mind off the task)

Cell Phone Use May Cause More Auto Accidents than Reported

Published on May 23, 2013 at 8:00 am in Distracted Driving Accident.

Distracted driving is one of the major causes of accidents in the U.S. In many cases, cell phone use is responsible for distracted driving accidents. According to a recent report from the National Safety Council, though, cell phones might cause more accidents than most people think.

Cell Phone Use Isn’t Always Reported

When police report auto accidents, they gather data from the drivers and witnesses to create an accurate representation of what caused the accident. In many cases, though, officers never learn that the at-fault driver was using a cell phone. The driver doesn’t want to admit it, and witnesses don’t always see the phone.

Study Examines Why Cell Phone Conversations are More Distracting than In-Person Ones

Published on Apr 8, 2013 at 8:00 am in Distracted Driving Accident.

As distracted driving accidents involving cell phone use continue to claim lives and cause serious injuries on U.S. roads, many organizations, including the National Safety Council (NSC), have begun researching why cell phones, in particular, seem to increase the risk of accidents.  If talking on a cell phone – whether handheld or hands-free – increases a driver’s risk of an accident by 37 percent, does talking to passengers in the vehicle pose the same risk?

The answer, according to some studies, is no.  While in-vehicle conversations do increase distraction, any increase in accident risks is much smaller than the increase in risk caused by cell phone conversations.  Researchers hypothesize that there are several possible reasons for this difference:

Teen Texting: Monkey see, Monkey Do?

Published on Mar 18, 2013 at 8:00 am in Distracted Driving Accident.

Kentucky Teen Driver TextsIn many ways, teens are no different than adults. We all know it’s dangerous to talk on the cell phone, text, and analyze the GPS while we drive – yet how many of us still do it?

The same appears to be true for teens. An AT&T survey found that 97% of teens know that texting while driving is dangerous. Still, 75% say that the practice is still common among their friends.

Documentary Reveals How Texting and Driving Claims Lives

Published on Sep 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm in Distracted Driving Accident.

When asked about the risks of texting and driving, most Kentucky drivers can name a few, such as car crashes, injuries, or vehicle damage. Even, in severe accidents, deaths. But even though they know what the risks are, too many Kentucky drivers decide to take the chance and text behind the wheel anyway, violating Kentucky law and believing that the worst consequences won’t happen to them.

The following documentary, which does contain some intense descriptions and images, seeks to bring home the consequences of texting and driving by sharing the stories of four people and families whose lives were permanently changed by a distracted driving accident involving texting. Telecommunications provider AT&T produced the documentary, which is available for free online here:

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