Distracted driving of any kind leads to millions of accidents every year.
Regardless of whether a driver is texting, talking on a cell phone or
fumbling around for a piece of gum, taking your eyes off of the road -
even for a second - increases the chances of an accident by 23% according
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
However, a new technology has emerged that projects texts, voice calls
and emails onto your windshield so that you don’t have to take your
eyes off the road. While it won’t help you find that piece of gum,
is this technology
really a good thing?
NeXt’s HeadsUp! What Is It, How Does It Work & When Can I Get It?
mashable.com, the technology company, NeXt, is seeking to introduce HeadsUp!, a visual
display that projects some of the most used smartphone features, such
as voice calls, texting and email, right onto your car’s windshield.
It works by allowing users to fully engage in these activities by simply
touching the windshield instead of reaching down and having to fumble
around with a phone or take their eyes off the road which reduces reaction
time while driving.
So, when can you get it? The answer to that is still to be determined.
Although the company is seeking to patent the technology, it’s having
some problems. As you can imagine, many investors are not comfortable
with investing in a product that seems to
encourage distracted driving - even if it is supposed to make the practice safer.
NeXt is offering first dibs on HeadsUp! to investors willing to part with
$299 to fund the project.
No Technology Or Better Technology: Which Is Better?
There are many people who feel that it’s better to limit the use
of technology while driving. Just Google the term "distracted driving,"
and you’ll see that the National Safety Council estimates that distracted
driving is responsible for 1.6 million accidents every year and that slogans
such as, "It Can Wait," "One Text Or Call Could Wreck It
All" and others are everywhere.
However, others feel that using
better technology, such as HeadsUp! could make a difference in today’s
world of constant connectivity. The question becomes more one of changing
behaviors or using technologies to better manage those behaviors. Regardless
of where you stand on the issue, the bottom line is that distracted driving
is still a concern - and one that continues to cause car accidents that
lead to serious injury and death.
Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Can Help
Anyone who has been the victim of a distracted driving accident in Hawaii
may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
An experienced distracted driving accident lawyer can discuss your situation so that you don’t get stuck with costly
medical bills and lost income that you wouldn’t have had to deal
with if the other driver had been driving responsibly. Keep in mind that
every state has a statute of limitations to file a claim or be forever
barred from doing so. In Hawaii, that’s only two years from the
date of the accident, so contacting an attorney sooner rather than later
is in your best interest.