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Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyer distracted drivingWhile everyone who uses the road faces some level of danger, motorcyclists are particularly at risk of injury. Since they do not have the protection that cars and trucks provide to their occupants, motorcycle riders and passengers are likely to be seriously injured in a motorcycle accident

Distracted driving is one issue that can endanger motorcyclists, since even when a driver is fully attentive, they may not see motorcycles on the road around them. The increased use of cell phones in recent years has been a factor in many accidents caused by distracted driving. Fortunately, some states have taken steps to address this, and this has had a measurable effect on the safety of motorcyclists.

Improved Safety From Laws Regarding Cell Phone Use

While many people may believe that they can operate a vehicle safely while using a cell phone to make calls or send texts, this type of distraction can be incredibly dangerous. Using a handheld device causes a driver to take their hands off the wheel and their eyes off the road, and even a momentary lapse in attention can lead to a dangerous collision. Because of these dangers, some states have passed laws restricting the use of cell phones while driving. But have these laws actually improved safety on the roads?

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Green Bay distracted driving accident attorneysDistracted driving causes an estimated nine deaths each day and at least 1,000 injuries, yet drivers continue to use their cell phones while behind the wheel. The car manufacturer, Audi, is trying to combat those statistics with a new type of technology. Learn more about their efforts, discover what rights you may have if a distracted driver injures you or someone you love, and obtain information on how an experienced attorney can assist with your claim in the following sections.

Audi’s Safety Code Script

Audi’s new technology, which they refer to as their “safety code script,” works a lot like the phone applications that developers have made; it automatically detects when the device is moving at a speed that exceeds 20 miles per hour and then asks the individual to confirm whether they are driving. If the phone user does indicate that they are behind the wheel, the safety code will disable their device, preventing them from using it while they are driving.

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Appleton trucking accident lawyersIt is no secret that distracted driving is a pervasive issue in America, but most people expect truck drivers to resist the urge. Unfortunately, they are just as likely to succumb to the temptation of their devices as everyone else. The major difference here is that their accidents are far more liable to be catastrophic in nature. Learn more about the prevalence and severity of distracted truck driver accidents, and what your rights may be, with help from the following.

Truck Driver Causes Deadly Crash in Arizona

In 2013, a truck driver moving through Arizona plowed directly into two fire trucks and three police cars that were stopped at the scene of an accident. One officer was fatally injured in that crash. Footage from his dash cam shows his wallet blocking the view of his face. His cell phone records allegedly showed him on Facebook at the time of the crash. He was charged with 20 felony charges after that accident, including a charge of second-degree murder.

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Wisconsin distracted driving accident lawyerTraffic deaths have increased sharply, drastically, and quickly over the past half-century. Much of the increase can be traced back to cell phone use behind the wheel. Even more concerning is that the rate continues to rise, despite the numerous campaigns, laws, and initiatives. The problem is not that drivers fail to recognize the risk. In fact, studies reveal that most drivers do know that cell phone use is unsafe. The problem is finding a way to actually deter and disconnect them from their devices. California believes they may have the answer, and if you drive in California, traffic laws in that state apply to you.

No Phones Allowed

While most states (46) have provisions in place that prohibit texting while driving, only 14 have laws that explicitly ban the use of cellphones behind the wheel. California is taking it one step further. They are completely banning even touching or handling a cell phone while driving. You cannot check the time. You cannot pull up your map application. You cannot even hold it in your hand. Period. They hope that it will work to reduce their distracted driving problem. Unfortunately, only time will tell.

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Appleton distracted driver lawyersWhile most states have taken a punishment approach to handling the problem of distracted driving, some app developers have decided a reward approach may be more effective. One in particular, “Down for the Count,” is enticing teens with iTunes gift cards. And, according to an Arizona news report, it seems to be working. Could this be the answer to the distracted driving in America?

About the App

Developed in Arizona, the application seems to be targeting young drivers who may be either unaware or undeterred by local laws. Once they have downloaded the app, they can engage it anytime they are driving to track time behind the wheel. But they have to be fully committed. Once the app is engaged, it cannot be disabled until the car has stopped – not without losing their entire trip. The local news source talked to one teen who admitted that they have been much more diligent about not using their phone since downloading the app. But will the novelty wear off? And is the app for everyone?

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Wisconsin distracted driver accident attorneysThe use of cellphones while driving often dominate the distracted driving conversations, but according to a recent study, it is not the most dangerous behind the wheel activity. In fact, cell phone use behind the wheel, while still dangerous, only came in second place in the statistical analysis of the most common accident-causing distractions. The greatest risk, which accounted for more than half of all distracted driving accidents (57 percent), was conversations with passengers.

Why Passenger Conversations Are Dangerous

Communication is a complex, multi-layered human interaction. As such, there are multiple reasons that a passenger-driver conversation increases the risk of accident. Conversation often relies heavily on body language, so drivers often turn to look at the speaker, taking their eyes off the road. They are splitting their attention between the road and the conversation, and studies have shown that the brain is not quite as good at multitasking as most people think, so they are less apt to notice potential risks ahead. Emotional conversations can make driving difficult, and unexpected news can further pull the driver into the conversation. All of these reasons, and more, put drivers and passengers at risk.

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Appleton auto accident attorneysWhen combined, drunk driving and distracted driving accidents account for approximately half of all fatal traffic accidents. The latest analysis indicates that this means approximately 20,000 deaths are caused by these deadly driving practices each and every year. And that is only the accidents in which a victim was wrongfully killed. Thousands more suffer from injuries that range from minor to severe. Defensive driving – a practice in which you attempt to predict and prepare for worst case scenarios – could reduce your risk of being just one of many victims.

Understanding the Concept Behind Distracted Driving

No one can really, truly predict what will happen up ahead or when they turn the corner. However, most drivers have been behind the wheel long enough to know when they should be most cautious. It is during these times that defensive driving can become a tremendous asset. If, for example, you are getting ready to pass through a light that has just turned green, you may wait just a moment longer to ensure no one is going to run the light, just as it is turning red. The overall benefit is that, in many cases, it can save your life. But, before it can do that, you must know how to use this driving technique effectively. 

Wisconsin personal injury attorneys, distracted driving accidentAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. In fact, distracted driving is estimated to injure more than 1,153 people and kill more than nine others in the United States each day. Unfortunately, drivers seem to be missing the point because an alarming 70 percent of drivers still admit to using their smartphones while driving. Emerging technologies hope to change that trend.

The Read-Aloud Message App

Most driving applications block incoming messages, but messageLOUD is designed to read your emails and text messages out loud. Customizable, bluetooth compatible, and designed for one time sign-in and setup, it is offered at an affordable subscription price. You can even set up customizable autoresponder messages for all your text messages. Whether or not it will be successful at curbing the desire to pick up the phone has yet to be determined, however, and it is exactly why the developer of another technology is taking matters one step further.

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