Technology Use and Auto Accidents

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Technology can be good, or it can be bad. Just as with anything, it all depends on how you use it. Several years ago, when cell phones were starting to become more commonplace, they were proving to be a huge problem in San Diego, and in fact all along the West Coast. Many people felt that just because they could talk on the phone no matter where they were that they should talk. This caused people to take their eyes and their minds off the road, and that led to a number of accidents that were entirely preventable.

Fast forward a few years, and we have laws in place preventing cell phone use while driving. This can help to cut down on accidents, but it is not entirely solving the problem. Some people are still driving with their phone in hand, and some people are actually texting and surfing the web while driving. All of these behaviors are dangerous, and it is not just the young crowd doing it. The problem is ubiquitous.

In order to reduce these accidents further, people need to start adopting other technologies, such as Bluetooth and hands free devices if they really need to be on the phone. Ideally, the call could wait, but Bluetooth is a viable option. If they have a GPS on their phone, they can set it up before they leave the parking lot or house. Other technologies are in development to help you improve your safety while behind the wheel, including lane departure warning systems, and rearview cameras.

Of course, you can’t control what others are doing. Other drivers will still be negligent and cause accidents. If that happens to you or a loved one, get in touch with a personal injury attorney in San Diego right away to help with your case.