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?
According to 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.
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.
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.