Are cars themselves too distracting?

Drivers in Alabama know that distracted driving is a problem. Despite education programs  laws prohibiting this dangerous behavior, it continues to be a serious threat to the health and safety of all motorists. One of the main sources of distracted driving is cellphone use, but there are a number of distractions that come from cars.

More and more vehicles now come standardized with various features that could actually pose a risk to drivers. While these features are for both entertainment of passengers and the convenience of the driver, they can actually be dangerous.

The scary facts about in-car technology and distracted driving

A recent study from AAA looked at drivers' habits and the common sources of distraction, including in-car technology and cellphones. The study concluded the following about the dangerous problem of distracted driving:

  • Drivers who look away from the road for even just two seconds can double their chances of causing an accident. 
  • When it comes to in-car distractions, entering an address or destination into a GPS system is the one that takes the driver's attention the most.
  • Even adjusting the radio or talking on the phone can be distracting, but texting and using a navigation system are the most distracting to drivers.

Many people believe that these systems and features in newer vehicles are unnecessarily complex, which can lead to more distraction. Regardless of what system or features come in a car, a driver is responsible for the decisions he or she makes behind the wheel. If you experienced pain and suffering because of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek compensation. Phone use is not the only form of distracted driving, and you have the right to fight for your best interests.

How can you hold distracted drivers accountable?

Distracted driving is irresponsible and inexcusable, regardless of whether the driver was on the phone or simply using a GPS system or other in-car feature. Sometimes, however, insurance companies make it difficult for injury victims to get the full and fair compensation they need, even when it is obvious the crash was due to a distracted driver.

The best way to ensure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled is to have a personal injury lawyer represent you. An attorney can handle all of the legal and insurance matters while you focus on your health and well-being.

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