Distracted driving has become a leading cause of vehicle accidents around the country. Many of the distracted driving accidents that occur on the roadways today, are completely preventable. The truth is that all drivers should be aware of the dangerous consequences of distracted driving. Thousands of individuals are killed every single year and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured in distracted driving accidents.
Bear in mind that distracted driving goes beyond using a cellphone, whether it is grooming, changing the radio or eating behind the wheel, these distracting behaviors can pull someone’s focus from the road and increase the chances of a severe accident. While cellphone use is the kind of distraction referenced most often in academic studies and in the media, there are other severe risks associated with driving a car. In fact, infotainment systems are becoming increasingly popular in vehicles today.
A backup camera, for example, may be seen as one of the least harmful types of technology in cars. However, more technological updates are geared toward distracted behavior that could prove problematic. One company recently released a program for example, that would allow drivers to use Facebook although the company states that it would be done while the car was in parked.
The purpose of infotainment in a vehicle should be less about keeping a driver or passenger entertained and more about providing you with everything you need with your voice or on the steering wheel. In any situation in which the car attempts to draw your focus elsewhere, your chances of an accident are increased. If you have recently been involved in an accident that you believe may have been caused by distracted driving, you need the insight provided by an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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