Earlier this week, our Illinois car accident attorneys read an article in the Central Valley Business Times regarding the newest iPhone software that may make texting while driving easier. The iPhone 4S has new software, which allows for the phone operator to speak into the phone to the voice activation software, called Siri.
Along with Siri’s many functions, it specifically can read a received text out loud, or send a verbally dictated text to another phone. Although this software helps to make driving and texting safer, many states have anti-texting while driving laws most of which do not include hand-free texting with speech recognition programs.
While we acknowledge that these programs make texting while driving safer, anything that takes a drivers mind or eyes off the road for even a split second is risky. However, surveys have shown that about 45 % of drivers admit to texting even though they live in a state where it is illegal to text and drive. Our Chicago car accident lawyers will never condone texting while driving and will continue to raise awareness surrounding the dangers. But we hope that these people will choose safe options, such as hands free and voice programs instead of traditional texting, to avoid serious accidents.
Voice-recognition software programmers who support the new technology believe that their technologies can help to regulate a safer use of technology while driving, because although it is difficult to change driver’s behaviors, there are newer options that they will not ignore. Some organizations such as the National Safety Council believe hands free equipment still puts drivers at risk. However studies show that using hands-free technology does create a lower risk of being involved in a car accident. Most do agree, though, that more research is necessary to discover how efficient voice activated technology is.
Our Illinois car accident lawyers believe that programs such as Siri have the potential to be beneficial to drivers’ safety if it is used correctly. Texting is a distraction that is completely preventable and avoidable, but as studies show, many people do partake in texting while driving. As discussed in some of our previous blog posts the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to avoid texting, talking and other distractions. Distracted drivers using “hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By eliminating cell phone use altogether, our readers can reduce their risk for serious injuries. Still, should you partake in texting while driving, consider using programs like Siri to lower your likeliness of being involved in an accident.