Smartwatches & Driving: A Bad Mix?
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on May 27, 2015 in Auto Accidents
There's nothing illegal about looking at your watch to see what time it is but is driving with a smartwatch safe? As the gadgets continue to grow in popularity, there's growing concern the technology is just another distraction behind the wheel.
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Its not such a far-fetched claim to think smartwatches could make distracted driving worse, when you consider that mobile phones are involved in 27 percent of all U.S. traffic accidents.
The new technology also presents another conundrum, how will it be legally enforced? How will police be able to tell the difference between a driver distracted by their smart-watch and a driver simply checking the time?
Driving a vehicle involves the coordination of your vision and your reflexes. By taking your eyes or mind off the road or taking your hands off the wheel for even a second, your chances of being involved in a serious car accident increase significantly.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- According to Distraction.gov, in 2013, over three thousand people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012.
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