Many advances in technology make life better and less dangerous for many California residents. However, due to the increased use of cell phones and other fancy high-tech gadgets, drivers face more distractions while behind the wheel than ever before. In fact, some of this technology, such as dashboard features, could do more harm than good and lead to a higher chance of car accidents.

A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examined this issue and found that the features now standard in many vehicles, such as built-in GPS systems and DVD players, significantly increase the chance of distraction. Distracted driving is one of the leading threats to motorist safety. This study found that voice-controlled or touch-operated navigation systems can distract motorists for up to 40 seconds at a time.

The results of the study indicate that newer models of cars are more likely to be distracting than even vehicles just a few years old. Additionally, men are apparently more likely to be distracted than women. Often drivers are more distracted than they realize, and even just a few seconds of distraction can lead to a driver traveling the length of a few football fields without looking up. 

California drivers and passengers who suffer serious injuries in distraction-related accidents have the right to financial recovery. It is possible to hold distracted drivers accountable for harm caused in accidents, and those hurt in these types of car accidents have every right to consult a personal injury attorney. Victims may find it useful to start with a complete evaluation of their case to better understand the legal options available. 

Source: NBC Connecticut, “Dashboard Devices Causing More Distracted Driving: AAA“, Oct. 5, 2017