PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a practice specializing in personal injury law, the Eichholz Law Firm
has remained an adamant voice in advocating safer driving practices. While driving accidents can result from a number of causes, this Georgia-based law firm notes that distracted driving--particularly when triggered by texting or phone use--has contributed to a rise of on-road collisions and fatalities in recent years. Many governments have responded to these concerns by creating laws against phone use and texting while driving; thus encouraging tech companies to roll out a series of hands-free devices.
While hands-free devices may seem like a solution to keep drivers more focused on the road while communicating with others through modern technology, the Eichholz Law Firm points to a recent article from Slate that suggests these products may still produce driving dangers. Slate reports, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States says distracted drivers killed more than 3,300 people in 2011. This April it recommended that manual text entry and the display of text messages or Web content should be blocked in all moving vehicles. Last month the U.S. automobile association AAA warned that even hands-free, voice-based systems could dangerously divert your attention from the road."
In response to these emerging reports, Eichholz Law Firm comments in a recent press statement, "We are all well aware that texting while driving is dangerous and many times leads to accidents that could simply have been avoided. New technology is meant to remove texting as a distraction. While we applaud researchers and developers for their efforts to provide cell phone users a safer means of communication, the statistics attached to hands-free applications is alarming."
Although many cars have integrated "safer" ways of controlling devices in a hands-free fashion, many consumers and safety regulators are looking for a better solution for managing these distractions. AAA President Robert Darbelnet tells Slate, "It's time to consider limiting new and potentially dangerous mental distractions built into cars, particularly with the common public misperception that hands-free means risk-free."
While the idea of limiting all distractions while driving may not prove popular with consumers--and companies backing hands-free devices--Slate notes, "[AAA] wants to limit voice controls to 'core' tasks such as controlling windshield wipers and climate control and to disable voice-to-text systems when moving." Sharing a similar sentiment, the Eichholz Laws Firm urges drivers to "hang up and drive."
"It takes only a moment for an accident to occur. Our attorneys are devoted to fighting for those injured in auto accidents through no fault of their own," the Eichholz Law Firm concludes in its press statement.
The Eichholz Law Firm
was founded in 1976 in Savannah, Georgia. Today, the legal firm remains an integral part of the community, as it is known as a trusted resource for legal guidance and representation. The legal professionals who drive the firm forward focus on personal injury cases across numerous practice areas, including automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents; abuse; medical malpractice; wrongful death; negligence; worker's compensation; dangerous drugs; Social Security; and product liability.