Distracted Driving

Hands-Free Safety Features Still Cause Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | October 22nd, 2015

Automobile manufacturers market a plethora of features and devices designed to make driving safer. One of the most promising of those technologies is hands-free, voice-activated integration between cellphones and vehicles. However, the Roanoke car accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm point out one new study shows these devices may not be as safe as previously believed.

AAA tested the hands-free and voice activated systems in 10 different types of vehicles and three different smartphones. What they found is that each puts a driver at risk of being distracted behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, which is known to cause serious accidents in the U.S. on a daily basis.

According to WSLS 10 News, the voice integration system on the Mazda 6 was the most distracting, presenting drivers with risks of distraction similar to the task of updating social media while driving. A majority of other systems distracted drivers in a manner similar to sending voice-activated texts to others. These distractions caused drivers to take their eyes off the road for as long as 27 seconds. During that time, the distracted driver traveled the length of almost three football fields while not paying attention to the road.

To help combat the dangers these systems can pose, the Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm ask motorists to put their phones down while driving. Drivers should also remember to postpone activities other than operating the vehicle until you reach your destination.

We hope these tips help you and your loved ones to avoid a distracted driving accident.

Roanoke Students Work to Prevent Distracted Driving With PSAs

by Staff Blogger | May 29th, 2014

Over the past several years, texting and driving has led to countless motor vehicle collisions across the United States. The problem is especially prevalent amongst teenagers, with statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation showing that as many as 10 percent of drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes are distracted at the time of the crash.

To help prevent another Roanoke Car Accident caused by distracted driving, some local teens are working to create public service announcements that address the issue. The videos are part of a contest being held by a local business.

An article from WSLS 10 News goes on to explain ORIGO—a company focused on creating technology to prevent distracted driving—is sponsoring the contest. Submissions will be viewed by a panel of judges who will award prizes to the creators of the top three videos.

So far, students from three separate local high schools have made 80 submissions. Experts hope the project will raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our team of Roanoke personal injury attorneys has seen the devastating effects of distracted driving first hand. That’s why we would like to applaud those participating in the PSA contest for taking action to prevent these accidents. We would also like to ask motorists to do their part by putting their phones down while driving.