It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. This was true for the inventor of the app “No Text No Wrecks” which blocks texting, Web use and calls, except for 911, once a vehicle reaches 10 mph. He suffered serious injuries after he was rear-ended by a cement truck going 50mph. After the car accident it was discovered that the cement truck driver was texting while driving. The service is $8.95 and is currently available for smartphones. Those trying to text to or call the phone automatically receive a message letting them know the recipient is traveling and will respond as soon as it is safe to talk.
As Virginia car accident injury attorneys we have seen our share of victims that were seriously injured by the actions of a distracted driver. One of the most tragic consequences of a distracted driving crash is the loss of a loved one. This is why our firm participates in the “End Distracted Driving” program. We travel to area high schools and give seminars on the human impact that distracted driving can take. Other forms of distracted driving include eating, changing CD’s, radio stations, applying makeup and interacting with passengers and pets. But text messaging, checking e-mail and Facebook still remain the mother of all distractions.
The above technology is much safer and cheaper than many currently available commercial products that are designed to make texting while driver safer.
One such technology is the Apple CarPlay iPhone connection for cars. What exactly is CarPlay? It is a voice control program that interfaces with your car and it promises to send, read and reply to your text messages for you. It is supposedly safer than texting because you don’t have to take your hands off the steering wheel to text and send e-mails. However AAA recently teamed up with experts at the University of Utah to conduct the most in-depth analysis to date of the impact of cognitive distractions on drivers’ performance. They found that some hands-free technologies, like voice-to-text email, can be far more dangerous than even handheld phone conversations.