Naples Injury Attorneys: Is Voice to Text Safer While Driving?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 17, 2013

cell phone while drivingUsing your voice rather than your finders to send a text message while driving isn’t any safer, according to a recent study. As Naples injury lawyers, we think the best advice is to avoid using cell phones altogether behind the wheel.

Researchers with the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University were the first to compare the use of voice-to-text and traditional texting on handheld electronic devices in an actual driving environment. The study included 43 participants driving along a test track without any handheld devices. The same participants then completed the test drive while manually texting and again while using a speech-to-text device.

Researchers found that both methods resulted in significantly delayed driver response times. "In each case, drivers took about twice as long to react as they did when they weren't texting," Christine Yager, who headed the study, told Reuters. "Eye contact to the roadway also decreased, no matter which texting method was used."

While drivers may think that voice-to-text is safer, it actually takes longer to send a message given the need to correct errors. “You're still using your mind to try to think of what you're trying to say, and that by proxy causes some driving impairment, and that decreases your response time," Yager said.

The bottom line is that any form of texting can lead to a Naples distracted driving accident.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

 To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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