- According to AAA, distracted driving claims more than 3,500 lives each
year because motor vehicle operators who take their eyes off the road
for more than two seconds double their risk of a crash and killing themselves
- As major carmakers attempt to add safe technologies to new vehicles aimed
to create less accident risks, researchers say some systems, such as dashboard
touchscreens and digital infotainment features are actually contributing
to the distracted driving epidemic.
- Surprisingly, some of the worst-performing built-in systems are offered
by high-end automakers like BMW, Range Rover, and Mercedes.
- Distracted driving remains a major culprit behind motor vehicle crashes
including thousands of Indiana accidents every year, some fatal. Law enforcement
officials agree, if the distracted driving trend continues it will surpass
deaths from DUI in the next two years.
Researchers Says Some In-Vehicle Technology Systems Create Driver Distraction
AAA researchers have released a new study showcasing the connection and
impact of new technologies such as vehicle infotainment systems on
distracted driving. The auto safety group rallied 75 drivers to test the systems in 10 new
2017 and 2018 vehicles and concluded that using systems while driving
is just not a safe choice to make. Shocking to most was that some systems
with already built-in dashboard information systems in most new vehicles
made by BMW, Range Rover, and Mercedes could actually create more distractions
According to the AAA study, it takes longer to make a phone call with a
dashboard touchscreen system than it should, and longer to get driving
directions than using apps such as Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.
- Apps send information from a user’s phone or mobile device to their
car’s dashboard information systems and are less distracting for
drivers than other systems now on the market.
- Making a hands-free call with the apps is at least 20 percent less distracting
than using built-in systems.
Though researchers were quick to say that while these types of apps are
easier to use than built-in systems, they are still distracting enough
to keep drivers from operating a motor vehicle safely. In addition, it
is recommended that dashboard information systems and other in-vehicle
technologies should not be used to perform complex tasks while driving.
Distracted Driving Continues to Kill
We feel the last thing drivers should be doing is spending time messing
with new technologies while behind the wheel, especially since distracted
driving remains a major culprit behind most preventable crashes and thousands
of Indiana car accidents each year. In fact, taking a driver’s eyes
off the road for an average of five seconds, enough time to run a traffic
light or not see a pedestrian crossing the road can create fatal outcomes.
In fact, for the first time ever, distracted driving trends have started
to surpass deaths from DUI.
Several safe driving apps have been created to directly block a driver
from using their phone and help keep their attention where it belongs
… on the road. Perhaps we need in-vehicle apps to do the same?
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Car Makers Should Be Creating Technologies to Keep Drivers Safe
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of a dangerous
or distracted driver or have been involved in an accident resulting in
the death of a loved one because of a new in-vehicle technology system,
the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation
you deserve and work to recover a loss of wages, medical bills, or other
damages you encountered because of your injury.