Over the past decade, a number of hands-free, built-in car features designed to decrease distraction may actually be contributing to the problem. Voice-activated systems designed to help you make a phone call, browse radio stations, compose texts or emails, or complete other tasks have been shown to cause lingering distractions that can last up to a half a minute, according to new research from AAA.
A lapse of attention for even this short amount of time is enough for a driver to span the length of three football fields.
In-vehicle information systems, which these days often come standard on new vehicles, have been found to exacerbate the very problems they set out to avoid. In a study of over 250 drivers, researchers rated the effectiveness of the following 2015 model vehicles with voice-activated systems:
Cars with the Least Distracting Systems
- Toyota 4Runner
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Buick Lacrosse
Cars with the Most Distracting Systems
- Volkswagen Passat
- Ford Taurus
- Chrysler 200
- Hyundai Sonata
- Chevrolet Malibu
Even with reliable speech-to-text technology, some of the participants found that tasks were still difficult to complete in some of these vehicles. With practice, tasks did not become any easier or less distracting over time.
In light of this study, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently developing a list of “voluntary guidelines” that automakers can follow to minimize the safety risks associated with these systems, but have so far not responded with any mandatory restrictions.
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Atlanta
Distracted driving is responsible for more than 3,000 fatal car accidents and hundreds of thousands more injuries every year in the United States. While automakers have focused their efforts on hands-free technology, it is now clear that any activity not directly related to the primary task of driving is a dangerous source of distraction.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to pursue compensation for physical and property damages associated with your accident. Contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer at Pratt Clay, LLC to begin discussing the unique circumstances of your case and to determine what your case may be worth. We have represented injury victims nationwide and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of those who need it most. Let us fight for you!