Nashville, TN (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Michael D. Ponce & Associates is a law firm in Tennessee that represents people who have been wrongfully injured in all types of traffic accidents that include car accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and drunk driving accidents. The firm also represents people who have been injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers, and last week the American Automobile Association, or the AAA, released a study that concluded that hands-free, voice-activated technology presented as much of a distraction to drivers as cell phones.
The study, which was completed with the help of researchers from the University of Utah, was released on June 12, 2013 and it was entitled, “Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile.” The study included 38 participants from the University of Utah who volunteered to drive vehicles on a closed course. Each of the drivers was fitted with electroencephalographic (EEG) caps to chart brain activity, helping researchers determine the mental workload presented by the combination of driving a vehicle and dealing with different types of distractions.
The amount of distraction suffered by the brain in each driver was measured, and different distractions were assigned different categories. Category 1 was defined as the least distracting and Category 3 was defined as the most distracting. The study found that activities such as listening to the radio were seen as a Category 1 distraction. Talking on a cell phone was deemed to be a Category 2 distraction and responding to voice-activated software to accomplish such tasks as responding to email constituted a Category 3 distraction.
The Tennessee car accident lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates have been representing people who have been badly injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers for many years, and the firm would like to bring about more awareness to the potential dangers of hands-free technology that was originally designed to make the roads safer. “Distracted driving is generally negligent driving, and it’s possible that hands-free technology is just another form of distraction for drivers,” said Michael D. Ponce, the Managing Attorney at the firm.
People who are driving vehicles are encouraged in the conclusion of the study to limit the use of voice-activated technology as much as possible. They are also encouraged to disable certain functions provided by this technology including the reading and responding to emails and the connection to social media Web sites. The attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates hope that people take this threat seriously and drive as safely as possible.
About Michael D. Ponce & Associates
Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Facebook profile can be found at the URL of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-D-Ponce-Associates-Pllc/103442676388876?fref=ts, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including personal injury and negligence, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.