Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to the safety of connected cars and their applications. Distracted driving is an epidemic in our country and driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Texting while driving a vehicle has now replaced drinking while driving as the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers.
Some connected car apps that improve teen driver safety like Hyundai’s Blue Link In-Vehicle App which is available in some of its 2015 models may decrease car accident injuries. Research found that teens in vehicles with monitoring devices took fewer risks while driving than unsupervised teens. This app allows parents to monitor and set limits on their Hyundai’s speed, hours of operation and movements via text message, e-mail or both.
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Other apps such as Land Rover’s justDrive feature which turns apps and services from your smartphone into a voice-activated experience may not be as safe as car manufacturers would lead you to believe. Hands-free devices, especially ones that convert speech-to-text for text messaging while driving, aren't necessarily safe to use behind the wheel, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Using a speech-to-text device is three times as 'cognitively distracting' as driving without it.
As Virginia car accident attorneys we are experienced at fighting for victims in court who were injured by a negligent driver. Proving that the driver was distracted at the time of the crash is one issue that we pursue for our clients. One way we do this is by using text message records that can be used in court to prove that the driver was using a cell phone at the time of the accident. Having the phone records as proof is strong evidence in plaintiff's favor.