Drivers Are Still Distracted After Putting Their Phones Down

June 26, 2017 Auto Accidents

Last year was the deadliest year on American roads in nearly a decade. In 2016, an estimated 40,000 people died in car crashes. An estimated 4.6 million roadway users were injured seriously enough to require medical attention.

Our roads are becoming less safe. The 2016 death toll marks a 6% increase over the number of people who died in car accidents in 2015, and a 14% increase over the number who died in 2014.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety conducted a study measuring cognitive distraction while driving. The study found that drivers can experience a “hangover effect” after using voice-to-text features. This finding demonstrates that drivers are still distracted after putting their phones down. The study found the mind can stay distracted for up to 27 seconds after using certain cell phone features.

This means that even if a driver was parked or stopped at a red light while using their phone, they remain distracted when the car starts moving again. Robert Sinclair, spokesperson for AAA-New Youk, told CNBC “The level of distraction gets so bad that a person gets in the zone where it’s ‘inattention blindness’ … where you’re looking at the road but you’re not seeing what’s in front of you. We’re talking about pedestrians, cyclists, other cars, red lights, stop signs, those sorts of things.”

Currently cars and phones are equipped with technology or apps that are meant to help drivers better manage the use of their phones while driving. For instance, voice command functions or easier to manage navigation systems are meant to help drivers be less distracted on the roads. However, in his interview with CNBC, Sinclair stated that AAA advises that there should be a system in place that shuts down distracting phone systems entirely while the vehicle is in motion.

An app currently on the market that blocks texting while driving and can disable other distracting phone features is CellControl. It comes with a device that goes under the dashboard and an accompanying app for download.

If you were involved in an auto accident in Nebraska that you suspect may have been the result of distracted driving, call our office today (402)558-4900 to schedule a free personal injury case consultation.

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