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Long MP3 Lists Can Cause Distracted Driving: Study

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 Clayton 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 Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

Long MP3 lists can cause distracted driving accidents according to a research study published in The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The study indicated that MP3 connectivity devices in new vehicle models increase driver distraction. This is noteworthy because many of the devices were designed to be hands-free, thus decreasing distracted driving. Over 90 percent of new vehicles sold in the United States have MP3 connectivity as a standard feature.

 

The subjects of the study, 50 people between 18 and 25 years old, either used an MP3 player or an aftermarket controller to perform playlist searches while simulating driving. The study concluded that drivers who performed searches within long playlists, typically 580 songs or more, took their eyes off the road for much longer periods than drivers with shorter playlists.

 

The attraction of MP3 connectivity devices is variable song selection by the user; this differs from radio stations that use their own playlists. Increased song selection was shown to divert a driver's attention away from driving. One researcher noted that the driver's intention of selecting a song may not have been expected to take long but scrolling through the playlist and considering the options led to less focus on driving.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia