Behind the wheel, you might assume that your own wandering mind is what you most have to worry about. New studies, however, show that your car as a distraction should be a top concern for regulators and carmarkers in years to come.
As automakers try to add new features to vehicles to help them sell, the possibility for an accident rises because of the potential for lost focus. Even if most people don’t see the car a distraction, new features and entertainment can easily make it one.
Your car may be dangerously distracted. The rise of infotainment systems in a variety of different types of vehicles including luxury models from Lincoln and Audi and other car makers such as Toyota and Nissan indicates that out of 30 different vehicles evaluated in a new AAA study, a total of 23 of them demanded high or very high levels of demand on the driver’s attention.
These infotainment systems pull a driver’s mental and visual focus away from the road and also reduce the driver’s capability to complete a particular task.
In the AAA study, driver’s were asked to send a text message, use interactive technology to make phone calls, use voice command and to touch screens, all while operating a car. AAA recommends that new cars from manufacturers adopt moderate demand on driver attention infotainment systems.
If you or someone you know has already been involved in a distracted driving accident in San Diego, you need to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.