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VA Car Accident Injury Lawyers: Can Technology Stem the Distracted Driving Epidemic?

As Virginia car accident injury lawyers we know that a quick turn to check on kids or even a mindless daydream could be the difference between a peaceful car ride and a horrendous crash on any road or highway.  However what is much worse than the occasional unintended distraction is the intentional distraction of texting.

At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have experience handling these types of cases.  Just one example would be the $67,500.00 Recovered for a Pedestrian Hit by Distracted Driver in Norfolk, VA

Ironically technology triggered the problem (or at the very least, made it worse) and it is now it's being offered as a solution. Companies have developed products that prohibit or limit a driver's ability to use a phone while driving, attracting the interest of parents who are eager to safeguard newly licensed teen drivers.

Most common are temporary "blocking" devices that silence incoming calls and texts and prevent drivers from having any interaction on their phones aside from GPS navigation and calls to 911.

Other solutions, such as Origosafe require that the phone remain locked in a dock before the driver can start the engine. After that, the driver can only use the phone via its Bluetooth connectivity.

Ford Motor Co. joined the crusade with its MyKey technology, which has been installed on 6 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles. MyKey seeks to beef up the overall safety of young drivers, and when paired with Ford's Sync technology, blocks incoming calls and text messages.

As a part of its "It Can Wait" campaign, AT&T is the sponsor of director Werner Herzog's sobering documentary From One Second to the Next, which looks at the lives of four families shattered by auto accidents that involved texting. Now, 40,000 high schools plan to show the film to students.

Randall E. Appleton
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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