In-Vehicle Infotainment System DistractionsApril 1, 2019
As we recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States, most drivers would name their phone, their take-out meal, or even other passengers as the most common distractions. However, in-vehicle infotainment systems are proven to be one of the biggest distractions while driving. These interactive devices and their features vary from vehicle to vehicle, but usually include navigation tools, data about your car, and audio and video entertainment. Infotainment systems are designed to entertain and assist drivers and passengers alike. However, could this innovative technology be causing dangerous distractions?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016 alone, distracted driving accidents across the country claimed 3,477 lives and injured 391,000 people across the country. It may seem harmless to glance down at a text or answer a call, but it only takes two to three seconds of looking away from the road or taking your hands of the wheel for a serious crash to occur.
How Infotainment Systems Distract Drivers
In-vehicle infotainment systems work in different ways. Some offer touch screen operation while others connect wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. Most require some level of manual input as well. Driver-assist features, such as navigation and vehicle diagnostics, are invaluable tools, but when used during the operation of a motor vehicle, they can be a fatal distraction.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied driver habits and in-vehicle infotainment systems. What they found was concerning; it takes just a few seconds of distraction to be involved in an accident. Sending a text or entering directions into infotainment systems can take on average 40 seconds or more. One-third of drivers are using this technology while driving, and the results are catastrophic.
The AAA study analyzed the routine functions associated with automobile infotainment systems and rated them on a scale ranging from low demand to very high demand based on how much attention and focus they required of the driver. None of the systems required low demand, and nearly half required very high demand.
Preventing Distracted Driving
If you are not ready to forego these high-tech systems, there are ways to safely integrate this technology into your daily commute. Make a commitment to yourself, your passengers, and those traveling around you that you will not interact with infotainment systems while the car is in motion. Plug in your directions, send that last text, and make your calls before you leave the driveway or parking lot.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving is a leading cause of serious and fatal car accidents in the United States and is also entirely preventable. Individuals who suffered life-altering injuries and pain and suffering brought on by another driver’s carelessness deserve justice. The Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries and obtain the compensation you deserve. To discuss your accident and learn about the legal remedies available to you, call 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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