Ride-Sharing Apps & Driving Distracted
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 19, 2015 in Auto Accidents
The ubiquitous nature of smartphones and mobile communication has created a culture where we seemingly CAN'T be without our phones.
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However, its prompting concerns about whether or not these services, which operate using smartphone applications, are causing driver distractions.
Do Ride-Sharing Apps Contribute to Distractions Behind the Wheel?
Take Uber, for example.
The concept behind these ride-sharing apps relies on technology to turn run-of-the-mill Phoenix drivers into informal taxicab operators. It works by allowing drivers to connect with potential passengers using a smartphone application.
However, in order to respond to potential riders, drivers must constantly take their focus off driving and focus instead on their smartphones. This means there's always a screen in front of the drivers. Isn't that a potential distraction?
The use of wireless communication devices by drivers is recognized to create a significant danger to other drivers and passengers due to driver distraction. And the concern is mounting that smartphone applications promote negligence behind the wheel.
- Drivers only have 10-15 seconds to accept a request with the app.
- If you miss a request, it hurts your acceptance rate, which in turn hurts your pay and could even get you de-activated as a driver.
- The text of many of the apps is so small, drivers have to lean forward to see addresses or follow directions.
Uber and other ride-sharing companies insist they encourage safety measures and warn drivers about using the app while in motion. But, the question remains, is anyone listening and even more importantly, following those guidelines?
In today's world of technological advancements, smartphones have become commonplace. And while they are designed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable, with negligence there are drawbacks.
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