Great news for road traffic accident prevention! Google Maps has recently released an update that now audibly tells drivers when they are approaching congestion, giving them the knowledge without needing to take their eyes off the road.
Seamless Journeys, Safer Journeys
Spoken traffic alerts are the latest innovation to hit smartphones by Google. With the ability now to automatically hear traffic updates along your route, you will not only be on top of your journey, but will also be much safer having not being required to pick up the phone whilst driving.
With smartphone injuries up 43% in 2015, the lure of staring at a screen has become too much for many Brits, who now see themselves falling victim to avoidable accidents like walking into obstructions (43% of people admitted walking into something).
Research conducted back in 2014, gave us an indication that up to 1 in 4 car accidents are now caused by mobile phone use while driving, with further studies showing a rise of 16% in just the first quarter of 2014 of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in incidents where smartphones have beared the brunt of the blame.
Saving Time, Saving Lives
With the introduction of audible updates on all smartphone devices, the new feature could go a long way to addressing the growing concerns about driver and pedestrian safety at the hands of distractions like phones.
Having been banned since 2003, mobile phone use while driving is still unfortunately a common cause of road traffic accidents over the last decade, with offenders not always easy to spot by police given the sometimes discreet nature of texting below the door line.
The new app will eradicate previous faults, which include having to look for new routes while driving into traffic, as an update of traffic on your route will be described before you set off, enabling you to change routes before leaving your house. You will also receive updates as soon as congestion develops, giving you time to choose a new route or simply be aware that you will need to slow down as you approach queues.
The dangers of texting while driving
A practical Approach
Sincere Law feel that while the initial innovation of the app was to give road users more warning and more choice when commuting, we are pleased to see a company like Google take a proactive approach in reducing accidents, as a result of distracted driving.
Driver error causes 90% of accidents, with mobile phone use being a large percentage of that. With phones consistently evolving and giving us more applications and uses, it could be easy to become carried away and allow the different distractions a mobile can offer to affect driving.
The urge to find a particular album or playlist on your iPhone library, or check out how your village is getting along in Clash of Clans, while only taking a few seconds to accomplish, can prove fatal. Sincere Law Senior Partner David Byrne spoke to us about the update; stating:
“With so many uses for a smartphone nowadays it is such an easy distraction. The user can potentially think ‘it won’t happen to me’ that they could lose control while using a device. Unfortunately it does happen and it can destroy lives, this new feature will go a long way to fighting that. Congestion can lead to stress and to more accidents, alleviating this is a major step towards reduction in road traffic accidents from distraction, stress and poor driving decisions”.
Have Texting Drivers Affected You?
Distracted drivers (in any sense) are high risks on the road to fellow drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, runners or anybody within their vicinity. A crash as a result of distracted driving can easily spiral into catastrophic or fatal accidents.
With over 23 years of experience and an entire team of Road Traffic Accident specialists, Sincere Law knows what the impact of an accident can be and what is needed to begin the healing process for all affected.
The process can affect families, an individual’s whole life (physically and psychologically) and also cause considerable damage to their own property, such as their car, motorcycle or bike.
These cases can be sensitive and require careful consideration as to what steps to take. This is something we’re well versed in. We have made it our pledge to conduct all claims under a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, providing an upfront and honest account has been given, in order to reduce stress and eliminate any risk for those that have already suffered so much.
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We’re always ready to advise you on the best course of action and will always be honest about what we can do for you. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent driver, begin your claim today. Remember, claiming compensation is your best way of ensuring the guilty party comes to justice.
If you are a driver and use Google maps to get about, we encourage you to update your app and make good use of the new innovation today!