The Apple Watch is very popular. Millions use it to keep track of their daily walks or play their favorite music. When paired with an iPhone the device is very powerful. However, when used behind a wheel it can be a matter of life or death. The large number of these watches on drivers’ wrists is a unique threat and causes many car accidents and injuries. It is up to us to figure out how to reduce the number of accidents caused by this device.
Smartwatches are a new type of device. They come with their own list of challenges. Because of the way that people use watches, these machines are more likely to cause crashes. Smartwatches will be used more as a watch than a phone when driving. This type of distraction to check the weather or type in a phone number is a unique challenge.
Unfortunate Examples and Stats
The Tech Times reported on a similar case regarding the smartwatch. The site cites a UK based road safety charity. The Institute of Advanced Motorists, or IAM, showed that the watch increases distracted driving. The group says that Apple likely does not take responsibility for the danger of their devices. The United Kingdom Department of Transport said that it will treat smartwatch distracted driving cases the same as ones including smartphones.
According to the CDC, at least eight people died each day due to distracted driving. Such crashes also injure more than 1,000 each and every day. One of the most common causes of distracted driving is due to cell phone use. Expect that with the increased use of smartwatches that the numbers will further increase.
For more information about the risk of such devices, please continue reading our site. Ehline Law studies cases of distracted driving causing accidents to better inform the public and prevent accidents. Our team sees the effects of such crashes and will do anything to prevent families from suffering them.