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Personal Injury Lawyer Michael Gopin Warns Against Hands-Free Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel

May 7 2013 12:00AM



EL PASO, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 -- Michael Gopin, a noted legal professional in the El Paso community, knows that many individuals continue to text while driving despite the dangers that such activity presents. Some motorists have opted to use hands-free alternatives to texting, such as voice activated software like Siri, to maintain communication while driving without having to actually type text messages into their cell phones. While many believe this to be a safer alternative to texting, a recent study conducted by Texas A&M's Transportation Institute reveals that voice activated software decreases reaction time as significantly as traditional texting. An article published by TIME explains that drivers who use Siri and other voice activated options are placing themselves -- and other drivers -- in danger due to their dulled response times. Gopin and the team at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin encourage drivers to heed the warnings that this study creates and, should they find themselves involved in an auto accident due to cell phone use, to turn to the guidance of a qualified and experienced legal professional.

The article explains that "Drivers were roughly twice as slow to respond to events while texting, regardless of whether they were texting by voice or by typing, the study found. Compared to when they weren't texting, the drivers also spent close to 10 seconds less time with their eyes forward."

Additionally, the article notes, the voice-to-text technology that drivers used during the study was actually slower than texting. This is because the software took time to load and to convert the voice data it collected into typed data.

Michael Gopin also calls attention to the fact that voice activated software is not always accurate, which can cause individuals to spend more time re-recording their message and less time paying attention to the road.

"Virtually any multi-tasking while driving is dangerous, and cell phones are by far one of the most popular distractions for drivers," asserts Gopin. "I highly recommend that motorists forgo using their phones while behind the wheel, as this is the best way to keep them safe and ensure that they are not distracted by incoming text messages."

Michael Gopin encourages any individuals who have been involved in a car accident due to texting while driving to seek the legal representation of a qualified and experienced attorney.


Michael Gopin is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, which provides legal support and representation to members of the El Paso, Texas, community. The team of professionals that Gopin has built possesses 20 years of experience and specializes in the practice area of personal injury. Gopin and his team accept cases regarding dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, motorcycle accidents and more. Gopin urges individuals who are involved in a legal situation to hire an attorney that can provide reliable support and guidance.

Source: Marketwire

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