Distracted driving causes an epidemic 1.6 million accidents every year and has resulted in numerous safety campaigns like “It Can Wait,” “Talk, Text, Crash,” and others. However, a new technology that projects information onto your windshield is supposed to be safer. But, will this technology really reduce distracted driving or will it add to crashes caused by distracted driving?
HeadsUP! Displays Your Smartphone on Your Car’s Windshield
According to mashable.com, technology company NeXt has created HeadsUp!, a visual display that projects some of the most used smartphone features right onto your car’s windshield. The company says that the technology allows users to “engage” with their phones without needing to look down and take their eyes off the road, which according to the NeXt CEO “significantly reduces reaction time while driving.”
In fact, HeadsUp! enables touch-free swiping and voice dictation by letting users interact with the information on their windshield. So, the real question is, will it really revolutionize the way that we connect with the world while driving our cars? The answer is–we won’t know for a while yet.
NeXt is seeking a patent on the technology, but is having difficulty getting people to invest in something that many think may be a bad idea altogether – regardless of the claims to the contrary. The company is still seeking investors and asking people to pay $299 to be able to get the product when, and if, it is sold.
What Happened To “Just Driving” Your Car?
That’s a question many people are asking, although the majority of those are likely from a generation when these technologies simply weren’t available and distracted driving accidents were usually caused by turning the radio knob. However, younger generations wouldn’t even think to ask the question at all, as they’ve always had these technologies available to them. In fact, most would likely say that a product like HeadsUp! is simply “awesome.”
The bottom line is that the issue of distracted driving is likely here to stay and some of the new technology added to automobiles has contributed to driver distraction. Although many states have passed laws making it illegal to text or hold a cellphone when driving, enforcing those laws is difficult, as National Safety Council’s statistics of 1.6 million accidents every year due to distracted driving show.
Distracted Driving Accidents: When To Call A Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in an accident where the other driver was distracted while driving, it’s important to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Investigating these types of accidents is better done sooner than later to be able to talk with witnesses, obtain information about what the driver was doing and assess your injuries.
Distracted drivers should be held liable for their negligence, and you shouldn’t be stuck with medical bills, lost wages and the physical and emotional pain and suffering that accompany most accidents. Let an experienced car accident lawyer help you to get every bit of compensation that you deserve. Keep in mind that the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit in Georgia is only two years from the date of the accident, so contact a car accident lawyer now.