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Can voice-to-text apps save lives?

You've seen the distracted driving statistics. You know that texting and driving is a huge issue because drivers have to look away from the road to text.

Doesn't that make it sound like voice-to-text apps would prevent accidents and save lives? Aren't you safer if you can hold your phone up and talk while still watching the road?

The answer might surprise you. One study found virtually no difference.

When drivers were texting, researchers found that their reactions were much slower. They claimed it took drivers roughly twice as much time to react while texting as it took when they were only driving. It didn't matter if they were typing the words or speaking them. The same delayed reaction was noted.

Moreover, the amount of time they spent looking at the road went down in both cases.

The test itself was fairly simple. There were 43 people in the study, and they used a test track so as not to put any other drivers in danger. The first time around, drivers didn't have a phone in the car and just drove the course. The next time, they texted by typing out words. The third time, they used speech-to-text apps. This made it easy for researchers to compare all three results and draw their conclusions.

This is yet another study suggesting that the safest thing for drivers to do is just to put their phones away. However, the amount of distracted driving accidents happening year in and year out shows that they're not doing it. When another driver hits you and causes serious injuries, you need to know if you have a right to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more.

Source: Reuters, "Voice-to-text just as dangerous to drivers as texting: study," Jim Forsyth, accessed Aug. 24, 2017

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