Is Car Technology an Aid or a Distraction? April 25, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

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As per the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die in distracted driving accidents every day. At least another 1,000 are injured. Texting while driving is bad enough, but now we have infotainment centers to add to driving distractions.

Visual and Cognitive Distraction

Our lawyers at Garcia Law LLC are personal injury lawyers in Greenville SC. At our law firm, we’re seeing a noticeable uptick in distracted driving accidents. We point to vehicle infotainment centers for the reason. So does the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA). It found that drivers using voice and touch technology systems for texting or navigation were visually and cognitively distracted for more than 40 seconds. At 25 mph, that’s like covering the length of four football fields with your eyes primarily off of the road. Note that infotainment centers can be used for emailing and texting too. AAA noted that those tasks can distract a driver for as long as 27 seconds.

Never Use Them When in Motion

Infotainment centers are smart screen technology that’s built into your vehicle. AAA determined that about 67 percent of all infotainment centers as being highly distracting. What comes to issue is that people are trying to use their infotainment centers while they’re driving. There’s no question that infotainment centers offer great conveniences, and surprisingly, they’re perfectly legal to use when driving. Just because they’re available for use on your vehicle when you’re driving doesn’t mean that using them is safe for driving though. They should never be used while a vehicle is in motion.

If you or somebody close to you has been injured in an accident that was caused by a driver who was distracted by an infotainment center in or around Greenville, contact an auto accident lawyer Greenville SC by phone or email to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. You don’t need to bring your checkbook with you either. If we enter into a retainer agreement with you, we only get paid legal fees if we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.