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Is Your Smartwatch a Deadly Driving Distraction?

Smart watch on wood background | Deadly Driving DistractionIt is no secret that cellphones are dangerous when used while driving. Smartphones and other cellphone devices are responsible for 27% of all crashes in the United States. Automotive News found that the 8.1% rise in car accident fatalities in the first half of 2015 was largely due to smartphone use. Yet, in spite of their dangers, smartphone technology is not stopping. In fact, it is growing in leaps and bounds. The newest technological fad – the smartwatch – is one device that will very likely prove to be a deadly driving distraction.

Smartwatches are gaining traction among consumers since they first appeared on the market. These watches allow consumers to answer calls, text message colleagues, check calendar appointments, and even play music. It beeps, lights up, and vibrates to let users know they have a new text message or that a calendar appointment is coming. Yet, this distraction is tough to ignore when you are driving – leading to dangerous and deadly car accidents.

According to a new study conducted in the United Kingdom Transport Research Laboratory, using a smartwatch while driving is even more dangerous than using a smartphone. This study found that drivers reading a text took an average of 2.52 seconds to react when looking at their smart watch. Drivers looking at their smartphone to read a text, however, only took their eyes off the road for 1.85 seconds. Drivers talking to passengers in their vehicle only took their eyes off the road for 0.9 seconds.

The dangers of using a smartwatch are not just confined to uses behind the wheel. Pedestrians who check their smartwatch while crossing the street are also at an increased risk for being involved in a serious accident. Bicyclists, who check their smartwatches while riding, may fail to notice a turning vehicle or a motorcyclist – leading to devastating accidents and injuries.

Unfortunately, unlike smartphones, there are currently no laws prohibiting the use of smartwatches while driving. Even when laws are enacted, it will be very difficult for a police officer to actually prove that a person was driving and using their smartwatch.

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Distracted Driving Leads to Death

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. From cellphone use to eating in the car, today’s driver engages in multi-tasking on a regular basis while in the car. Sadly, this multi-tasking can lead to serious accidents, causing devastating injuries and even death.

If you have been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, your attorney will need to clearly establish negligence. Negligence is defined as the lack of reasonable care, or the failure to exhibit the level of care a reasonable person would have used under the same circumstances. Automobile accidents are, by and large, the result of some type of driver error or driver negligence. The distracted driver may be texting while driving, checking email, surfing the Internet, eating in the car, or even grooming. All of these could result in negligent behavior, which directly contributed to your auto accident. In some cases, the responsibility for your auto collision may rest with more than one person or entity. The accident could be direct result of a faulty automobile part or a road defect. In such cases, your attorney will determine who the responsible parties are in order to obtain just compensation for your injuries.

Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers

Denver Personal Injury Attorneys Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.It can be difficult to prove negligence in some cases. As such, it is beneficial to speak to an experienced Denver car accident attorney before agreeing to any settlement. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, it is important to contact our law firm immediately. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form. We can help you obtain the compensation you need to fully recover from your accident. Call us today!


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