Every year in the United States, an average of 33,000 people are killed and more than two million people are injured in car accidents. Driver’s error is the number one cause of car accidents, but since that is such a general term, www.myinjurycase.com offers a more specific list, including speeding and drowsy driving. Distracted driving is also on the list because it is equally dangerous. In fact, distracted driving (texting, eating) is the cause of more than 3,000 vehicle fatalities every year in the United States.
In an effort to prevent themselves from looking down at their phones while they drive, and therefore avoid a distracted driving accident, some people have taken to wearing Google Glass behind the wheel. But, does Google Glass really help prevent distracted driving accidents, and is it even legal to wear them while driving?
What is Google Glass?
Google Glass is, as the name suggests, a pair of glasses that are worn the same way as prescription lenses. But, on the lens of the Google Glass is a small screen that acts as a computer monitor of sorts. Using specific voice prompts, the wearer can use Google Glass to take pictures or video, read Gmail messages and incoming text messages, and reply to them. The user can also get directions, check the weather, and do myriad other things through Google. With all of the features available with Google Glass, and considering the additional incentive of being able to control them using only your voice, Google Glass is a connected driver’s dream, right? Not so fast.
Can You Wear Them While Driving?
The concern over the safety issues revolving around driving while wearing Google Glass has led at least eight states to consider a ban on the practice. In response, Google has begun to lobby in earnest against such efforts, rightly believing that such laws could negatively impact sales. As it stands now, the vast majority of states have not yet considered enacting laws that would specifically prohibit the use of Google Glass while driving. But, does that mean the glasses are safe to wear? Not necessarily.
Distracted Driving and Google Glass
Just because there isn’t a law specifically forbidding the use of Google Glass while driving does not mean that a driver won’t face sanctions if he is caught wearing them. As with all electronic devices, law enforcement discourages the active use of Google Glass because, regardless of someone’s ability to maintain control of his vehicle, interfacing with the eyewear requires the driver to focus on something other than the road. Given that, it is possible that a driver could be ticketed for wearing the glasses if he is found to be driving recklessly, or worse, was the cause of an accident because he was checking his email instead of paying attention to the road.
Google Glass is not available for sale to the general population yet, and Google hasn’t given a firm date for their release. However, some employees and a small handful of consumers have been able to purchase them, and interested consumers can find them on websites such as Ebay. If you do plan to purchase a pair, though, consider the implications of distracted driving before you decide to wear them behind the wheel.