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Wearable devices don’t make texting while driving safe

The bings and beeps of a mobile phone receiving incoming notifications and texts can be a siren call for many New York drivers. However, the costs of distracted driving can be high, and texting while driving is one of the most well-known dangerous diversions for people behind the wheel. Some drivers may look for alternate solutions that allow them to stay connected while remaining firmly in control of their vehicle; for example, some may wish to turn to a wearable device like Google Glass.

In a study conducted at the University of Texas, participants used a simulator to recreate the driving experience while sending or receiving texts using either a smartphone or Google Glass. While using the wearable device made response quicker and less distracting due to the use of voice controls, this positive effect was canceled out by a negative corollary. Because the texting environment was dramatically improved while driving due to the convenience of the wearable, drivers were more likely to respond and engage in texting, once again increasing their level of distraction and increasing the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents.

Researchers noted that there is no way at this time to drive and text safely at the same time. If an urgent text has come in that needs an immediate response, the best action is to pull over to the side of the road first. The alternative could easily lead to costly, devastating crashes that have even been fatal in thousands of cases across the country.

Texting while driving can have serious consequences, especially for others on the road who have been injured due to another’s distracted or negligent driving. People who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents caused by a distracted driver may benefit from working with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney might help accident victims to pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered.