Who is a fan of the TV series, Shark Tank? I for one enjoy watching the brilliant ideas that the entrepreneurs come up with. As I was watching the show the other day, an invention that sparked my interest was a new safety gadget called the “Smart Wheel.” The Smart Wheel is a safety device that fits over the steering wheel in cars and has built in sensors that are designed to go off anytime the driver takes a hand off the wheel. If the sensor goes off a significant amount of times, it has the ability to send an alert to concerned parents. Interestingly enough, it was invented by a young group of entrepreneurs to mitigate the number of drivers that are texting while driving, mainly teenagers. This product is obviously appealing to parents who are worried that their teenage driver might be engaging in such a dangerous activity. But is there really need for products like this?
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING POSES AN ENORMOUS RISK TO OTHER DRIVERS
In the modern era of technology, texting while driving is becoming one of the biggest causes of car accidents. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, texting while driving causes around 1,600,000 accidents per year. That’s absurd. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that texting while driving makes it 23 times more likely to crash. These numbers are alarming, and quite frankly, scary. Unfortunately, it’s far too common to notice a driver staring down in their lap while operating their vehicle. What most people do not understand is that it takes a mere second to cause an accident. It likely takes about five seconds to read a text. If you are traveling at 55 miles per hour, it would take you about five seconds to drive the length of a football field. Now imagine driving that fast with a blind fold on for five seconds and rear-ending someone stopped at a stop light. Needless to say, the result would be catastrophic. Everyone has important things going on, but reading a text message is never an excuse to putting others at risk of serious bodily injury, and perhaps even death.
New drivers are taught to drive with both hands positioned at top corners of the steering wheel. The smart wheel essentially trains and entices the driver to have both hands on the wheel at all times. When they take their hands off the wheel, it will turn red, reminding the driver to safely put their hand back on the wheel. If the driver continues to ignore the red signal, it will simply notify his parents. Some may consider this product pointless or excessive, and they may be right, but if the threat of getting reprimanded by their parents will deter at least some teenagers from texting while driving, then it’s certainly a step in the right direction. It may even be the reason for saving some one’s life.
Drivers will recklessly engage in harmful activities like texting while driving so it’s important to emphasize the basic safety precautions that everyone should exercise when driving a car. Both hands should always be on the wheel and the driver must never take their eyes off the road, especially to read a text message. Before putting the car in drive, drivers should ensure that everyone is buckled into their seats. Additionally, drivers should never let their passengers take control of the vehicle or cause a distraction while the car is in use.
CONTACT DOLMAN LAW GROUP IF YOU HAVE BEEN HURT BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER
Even when exercising the most due diligence, car accidents will still occur because drivers cannot control the actions of other drivers. Thus, it’s important that injured drivers understand their rights when the negligent acts of other drivers causes their harm. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the reckless decisions of another driver, like texting while driving, then you should contact the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. At the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our attorneys share a desire to aggressively pursue the compensation that our injured clients deserve. We offer a free consultation from one of our highly experienced personal injury attorneys.
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