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Are smartwatches a cause of distracted driving accidents?

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Smartphones contribute many positive things, thanks to their ability to run numerous helpful apps while allowing people to stay in the communications loop. Where someone uses smartphones will factor into their value. Calling someone or texting while driving on an Alabama road is a bad idea. Smartphone distractions could lead to a horrific collision. Many drivers are aware of the risks of using smartphones while driving, but they may not realize other things might cause disastrous crashes.

Technology and distractions on the road

Anything that contributes to distracted driving could take someone’s attention from the road. Even slight distractions create dangers due to the resultant slowed reaction times and other troubles. Smartphones involve drawing eyes, ears, and hands away from the duties necessary to operate a vehicle. Smartwatches might not seem as distracting as smartphones due to their size, but they can and do factor into distracted driving incidents. As soon as a driver starts to use a smartwatch, he or she takes a tremendous risk. Slight distractions could be more than enough to lead to a head-on collision.

Smartwatches are easy to wear, and someone could take them anywhere. Unfortunately, those innovative features mean many people wear them while driving, opening them up to negligently causing an MVA.

Other tech features and distractions

The hands-free, voice-controlled integration of smartphones with multimedia systems may appear less distracting than using a touchscreen. That’s not necessarily accurate. A person more interested in using a hands-free multimedia system than paying attention to the road could cause a fatal accident.

A driver who causes an accident due to a preoccupation with technology, such as smartphones and smartwatches, might be liable for someone’s injuries. Sadly, some crashes prove fatal.

An attorney could represent victims seeking compensation for a distracted driving accident. The attorney may assist with an insurance settlement agreement or prepare a civil suit.