To put it simply, voice operated texting is the better-looking cousin of texting while driving. Texting while driving has a dangerous and unsafe reputation. On the other hand, voice operated texting seems safe, hands-free, and convenient as more and more states are cracking down on texting behind the wheel. Voice operated texting is a huge sales point for many manufacturers, offering a false sense of security to the social butterflies that roam the road. Unfortunately, it still leads to distracted driving which is a leading cause of the millions of car and truck accidents that happen each year.
Accident Prone Technology Leads to Accident Prone Streets
While voice operated texting is convenient, it is not without its faults. Most people with personal experience in the matter will confess that they still spend a significant amount of time checking their texts for errors as they dictate the content. That simple “I love you” to your significant other could become a huge misunderstanding when your phone sends “I love Hugh,” instead. Whether it’s a problem with sentence structure, punctuation, or other details, voice activated texting simply can’t communicate conversationally the way that most people would like. As a result, drivers are chained to their screens, proofreading their texts before sending them.
Hands-Free Phone Use Is Still Distracted Driving
One study showed that those who had to text with a handheld device had extremely poor driving habits, but that those who used a Bluetooth system weren’t much better. They still took their eyes off the road to see the screen and to make sure that the Bluetooth had interpreted their message correctly.
The cognitive impairment associated with texting can lead to:
- Delayed reaction time
- Lane drifting
- Erratic driving behavior
Sound familiar? That’s because these are also many of the signs associated with drunk driving. In the past few years, research has shown that those who text while driving (even with voice-activated text) are about as impaired as a drunk driver behind the wheel and just as dangerous.
Our Houston Truck Accident Attorneys Can Fight for Your Rights
Texting behind the wheel, whether manually or with voice-activated technology, is dangerous enough in a passenger car. When a commercial truck is added to the mix, consequences become much more serious. If you have been injured by a truck driver who was texting and caused an accident, then you may need help from a Houston truck accident lawyer at Arnold & Itkin. The acclaimed attorneys at our firm can help you get the settlement that you deserve.
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