Smartwatches are taking the world by storm. A plethora of devices from wrist-worn fitness trackers to full-blown smartwatches are being offered to drivers. Unfortunately, these smartwatches are another device that distracts drivers. The study, from Tech Times out of the United Kingdom, found that smartwatches may, in fact, be more distracting than smartphones.
The study cited the fact that smartwatches cannot be operated without the use of at least one hand. The devices are worn on the wrist which necessitates two movements. First, the driver must remove their hand from the wheel to view the watch, so even seeing the alerts requires at least one hand. Second, the driver must use their second hand to operate the smartwatch.
Moreover, the study noted that smartwatches, unlike smartphones, are not easily ignored. Smartphones can be put away, in the glove compartment. However, watches cannot be so easily controlled. The flashing lights and buzzing are not as easily silenced as a phone.
Laws have not technically kept up with the technological development, but it is safe to ascertain that if your state prohibits phone use while driving, then it is also illegal to use smartwatches.
Were you injured in a car accident? If so, you may want to speak to an attorney. Distracted driving is still negligent driving, regardless of the device. If the driver is distracted because he is playing with the radio or looking at his smartwatch, he is still negligent and responsible for your injuries. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to get your life back on track.