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Study Claims Voice-to-Text Technology Leads to Distracted Driving in Maine and Nationwide

1417191_hand_holding_mobile_smart_phone sxchu username iceviking.jpgAccording to researchers at Texas A&M University’s Transportation Institute, motorists who utilize voice-to-text technology such as Siri and Vlingo on their mobile phones while driving are no safer than those who use traditional manual texting methods. As part of the study, researchers asked 43 drivers to drive on a closed course while typing a text message. Researchers then asked the drivers to repeat the course while sending a message using voice-to-text technology. As each driver navigated the course, the study authors measured the amount of time it took them to respond to a random light and the amount of time their eyes remained fixed on the roadway. Researchers reportedly found that motorist response times were delayed regardless of the type of text messaging technology used.

The study authors found that while drivers spent about 37.3 seconds looking at the road when they were not texting, their eyes spent an average of 27.2 seconds on the roadway while manually texting, 28.6 seconds while using Siri, and 25.8 seconds while using Vlingo. Interestingly, researchers stated although driver performance remained fairly constant, manual texting actually took some motorists less time than utilizing a voice-to-text system. In addition, more drivers stated they felt their level of safety increased when using voice-to-text technology.

Although no motor vehicle manufacturers currently provide voice-to-text technology in their car or trucks, some are reportedly experimenting with placing such systems in future models. The safety results from studies like this one may have an impact the future of voice-to-text systems. According to lead researcher Christine Yager, the Transportation Institute study was designed to be a step towards fully understanding distracted driving.

In Maine, distracted driving is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal. According to a survey conducted by the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of drivers across the country were distracted at the time of a fatal traffic wreck in 2009. In addition, more than 15 people are killed and an estimated 1,200 are reportedly hurt in collisions that involve a distracted driver each day. Someone who was injured by a distracted motorist in Maine may be eligible to recover financial compensation for their physical harm, emotional injuries, and lost wages. Certain family members of someone who was killed by a distracted motorist may also be able to collect additional damages. If you were hurt in an unexpected automobile collision, you should contact a skilled car accident attorney to discuss your case.

If you were injured or your loved died in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, do not hesitate to call Briggs & Wholey, LLC toll free at (888) 596-1099. The caring Maine car accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience helping those who were hurt in an automobile wreck that was caused by another motorist. At Briggs & Wholey, our experienced attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death case. Our knowledgeable lawyers are available to assist injured clients throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a competent advocate, please contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website.

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Voice-to-Text Just as Unsafe as Touch Texting, Study Finds, by Damon Lavrinc, Wired

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