Texting Increases Accident Risks for Teen Drivers with ADHD

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Teen motorists, who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, may have poor driving skills, compared to those teens who do not suffer from ADHD. However, when researchers recently compared driving skills of the two categories of groups, and introduced texting while driving into the equation, they found that teenagers who were texting were actually poorer drivers than teens who suffered from ADHD.

Overall, the results of the study found that teenagers who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder showed bad driving skills, compared to teenagers with no history of the condition. However, the risks of being involved in an accident increased substantially when texting was added to the mix.

Teen texting is a serious highway safety problem, and teenagers account for the some of the highest volumes of texting in the United States every year.

The researchers also found that medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder do not reduce a teen’s risk of being involved in an accident. Persons, who suffer from ADHD, are often prescribed stimulant medication that can help them control their symptoms to some extent. However, most teenagers who suffer from ADHD tend to drive at night or during weekends, when they are less likely to have taken their medication.

Teenagers who suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder had more difficulty staying within their lane while driving, and maintaining constant speeds. They were also much more likely to drift out of their lanes. All of this translated into a much higher risk of making driving errors. As many as 17 % of the teens with ADHD had received at least one traffic ticket, while in the group without any symptoms of ADHD, the rate was just 6%.

Legislation to Ban Google Glass Already in the Works

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Google is all set to take the next step in wearable computing, with the much-anticipated launch of the Google Glass. However, lawmakers are already very concerned about the potential effects on drivers, who are wearing these interactive glasses while they are at the wheel. A new bill that has been proposed in West Virginia would ban driving while wearing a Google Glass device, although the device has not yet been released in the market.

It's highly unlikely that the lawmakers who have introduced this proposal have even tried out the Google Glass, but they have been concerned enough about its possible effects on driving, to move to enact a preemptive ban on the use of the device behind the wheel. The bill would ban wearable computing test devices like Google Glass that come with a head-mounted display.

It's not so surprising to Los Angeles car accident lawyers that lawmakers would be concerned about the negative effects of wearing such devices, because there's already a wide body of research that confirms the negative effects of cell phone use and texting while driving on a person's driving skills. Arguably, the Google Glass is all set to take those distractions to the next level.

Google is all set to begin testing on its Google Glass Explorer program, and will begin testing in at least 1,000 subjects, who will receive a pair of the reality glasses. A person who wears the glass can perform a number of activities including taking pictures and recording video of everything that he sees, instantly.

Experts already predict that this could be the next wave of technology that sweeps through the American population, and it is highly likely that over the next few months, as these glasses become available and more affordable, we will see large populations of users wearing these glasses behind the wheel too. In this context, the West Virginia bill makes sense.

Accident Fatality Declines Linked to Increasing Demand for Safety Devices

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The dramatic declines in traffic accident fatalities in California and around the country may have much to do with the fact that many automobiles are now coming with sophisticated safety gadgets. A new study by Harris Interactive finds that the demand for such gadgets is being driven largely by consumers, who are now prioritizing the safety of a car over other aspects.

Traditionally, Americans have considered aspects like gas mileage before deciding to make a car purchase. However, these aspects have now taken a backseat to safety. The average consumer now is aware that his chances of being involved in an accident or walking away from an accident uninjured improve dramatically depending on the auto safety technologies in the car.

Those beliefs were confirmed just a few weeks ago in a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which found that many new auto safety technologies like forward collision warning systems and adaptive headlights have actually reduced the number of accident claims. The study relied on the accident claims ratio, and found that many of these new safety aids were responsible for reducing accident risks.

Not surprisingly, consumers are now looking for newer safety gadgets in their vehicles. According to Harris Interactive, many consumers now admit that they're much more interested in the safety features in their vehicles than entertainment or entertainment technologies.

What is even more interesting to Los Angeles car accident lawyers is that consumers are now looking for gadgets that they can use often. For instance, a backup camera can be used every time a person drives. There is a huge demand for these camera systems, which can be used to make sure that there are no pedestrians, especially child pedestrians standing behind your vehicle when you back out of your driveway, or a parking lot.

Additionally, blind spot warning systems are also very popular among consumers, who are now demanding such technologies.

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