Drivers in California know that distraction is a major problem, and it is one that does not seem to be going away. In fact, the number of things that can cause distraction for a driver at any given time seems to only be increasing, and researchers have found that even the features that are now coming as standard with newer vehicles can be dangerously distracting.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident, there is a significant chance that some form of distraction played a role in what happened to you. Victims of distracted driving accidents have the right to hold liable parties accountable. You may have grounds to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
Essentially, distraction is now a standard in-car feature
Many newer vehicles now come with so-called "infotainment systems." These systems include DVD players, touch-screen radio controls, voice-activated controls and GPS devices. While many of these features are convenient, they can easily take a driver's attention off the road for long periods of time, just like a phone does when a driver reads a text or checks social media while driving. Consider the following:
- When entering an address in a navigation system, a driver can be distracted for a long as 40 seconds at a time.
- Even looking away from the road for two seconds can double the chance of an accident.
- Automakers can decrease distracted driving and make the roads safer by making certain features in infotainment systems shut off while the car is in use.
When a driver is not focusing on the task at hand, he or she not only endangers everyone in that particular car, but also everyone else on the road. Car features should enhance the driving experience and make driving safer, not lead to a higher risk of a crash.
Victims of distracted driving collisions
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you should learn more about your options for obtaining the maximum available compensation. Insurance companies routinely make initial settlement offers that fail to cover the full cost of a crash. For example, you may have ongoing medical problems, as well as loss of income and earning capacity. To learn more about your options, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer.