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University of Texas study: wearable tech distracts drivers, too

Apple has one and so does its archrival, Samsung. So do Fitbit, Garmin, LG and many other companies large and small. Though each has worked hard to make wearable technology the next big thing, their watches have not had the kind of breakthrough success of smart phones.

A new study by a University of Texas computer science professor says wearable technology might not be as popular as phones, but it can be just as dangerous to text while driving with a smart watch as it is with a smart phone. Both behaviors result in distractions that make motor vehicle accidents and injuries more likely.

Professor Murtuza Jadliwala of the University of Texas at San Antonio says that his research shows that texting with a wearable device is marginally less distracting than texting on a phone, but that in the end texting on either type of device is dangerous.

His study makes it clear that texting is texting: equally dangerous on a watch and on a phone.

According to a news report, more than 25 percent of all reported motor vehicle crashes are caused by a form of distraction – often texting or talking while behind the wheel. The article said that approximately nine people are killed every day in the U.S. by distracted drivers and another 330,000 sustain injuries in collisions caused by drivers who are sending or reading text messages.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a distracted driver, it’s important to remember that you have legal recourse. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can fight for maximum compensation for medical costs, lost wages and more.

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