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Automobile Infotainment Systems May Contribute to Distracted Driving

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

 

Consulting a Fayette County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Fayette County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

An Automobile Club of America (AAA) study in partnership with researchers at the University of Utah analyzed the potential safety risk associated with automobile infotainment systems.  These are on-board computer information systems that provide dashboard apps, sometimes with voice activation, that can send text messages, make phone calls and operate cell phone apps.

 

According to AAA, hands-free functioning and voice activation does not necessarily make using such features safe or prevent distraction. The study found that a driver's mental focus is compromised as the number of mental tasks and distractions increased. This can lead to significant driving risk.

 

According to a West Virginia University report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, distracted driving is one of the major threats to American motorist safety. Distracted driving causes more than 300,000 injuries each year and an estimated 2,600 fatalities. According to the report, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving increased significantly between 2005 and 2009.

 

The researchers concluded that automakers must create technology that would limit or eliminate the ability to make cell phone calls or send or receive text messages or e-mails while a car is in motion. More drastic suggestions included disabling cell phones entirely while a car is in motion, making use of cell phone apps impossible.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Fayette County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia