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Tesla Dashboard Browsing Data Reveals Potential Distracted Driving Hazard

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

 

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.

 

According to a study of Tesla dashboard website searches conducted over a 30-day period, the most common website visits could indicate a potential distracted driving hazard. Data was collected from 100 million website visits over a one-month period. The study seemed to confirm that most usage did not involve mapping or navigational aids.

 

The built-in browser indicated peak usage during commuting times of 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. News sites, particularly local news, comprised the largest usage of Tesla's in-dash screen, accounting for 54 percent of the websites visited. Other popular sites included services (restaurants, finding/purchasing entertainment such as Netflix and tickets, auto-related services, real estate, travel and shopping) accounted for 15 percent of the usage. Entertainment (14 percent) and lifestyle (12 percent) sites were also popular.

 

Though Georgia does not have any laws prohibiting television or video screens for drivers, distracted driving is statutorily prohibited. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released voluntary guidelines for such technology. It recommend that vehicles be "stopped and in park" during situations involving "the display of certain types of text, including text messages, web pages, social media content."

 

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.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia