Car Safety Systems Lead to Distracted Driving

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Many new car models feature multiple automated systems designed to prevent car accidents and keep drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safer than ever.  While car manufacturers promote this cutting-edge technology in selling their cars as an important safety feature, a new study shows these automated systems may lead to an increase in distracted driving, one of the leading causes of car accidents.

Increase Use of Automated Systems

An increasing number of automated systems have been included in newer car models. Some cars are installed with adaptive cruise control, which automatically accelerates or decelerates a car to create a safe driving distance between vehicles. Other models feature lane keeping assistance technologies, which automatically move the steering wheel when drift is detected. With many auto manufacturers working on the ultimate development of self-driving cars, the number of automated systems in all vehicles is expected to continue to rise. Some of the most common vehicles equipped with these safety technologies include the Hyundai Sonata, Honda Acord, Acura MDX, Jeep Cherokee, Ford Fusion, and Tesla Model S.

Link to Distracted Driving

According to a recent study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers operating vehicles equipped with automated safety features often rely too heavily on these systems. It can become more difficult for drivers to remain alert when the vehicle is making adjustments with no input from the driver. With a false sense of security, drivers are more likely to engage in distracted driving activities, including texting or talking on cell phones, grooming activities, and eating. This can result in drivers becoming less attentive to road conditions and traffic patterns, placing them at a much higher risk for being in an accident.

Researchers examined video footage of driving behaviors of individuals in vehicles equipped with safety technology. The study revealed individuals driving vehicles equipped with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping-assist technology were almost twice as likely to become distracted drivers than those without these safety features. Safety experts strongly urge the automobile industry to educate all drivers on the importance of using safety technologies correctly and remaining alert and attentive while driving.

Compensation for Car Accident Victims

When distracted driving results in a car accident, serious bodily injuries can occur, resulting in years of medical treatment and financial stress. Common car accident injuries include bruising, broken bones, concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis, internal bleeding, damage to internal organs, and even death.

By filing a civil lawsuit, injured individuals can hold distracted drivers responsible for their negligence and obtain compensation to pay for the costs of medical expenses, hospital stays, damage to their vehicle, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The first step in determining whether compensation is available for injuries sustained in a car accident caused by distracted driving is contacting an experienced car accident lawyer today.

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Car Accident Victims

If you were injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, compensation may be available. The experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton work aggressively on behalf of car accident victims to help them obtain the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled.  To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or submit an online inquiry form.

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