Cars have come a long way in the last 100+ years. Now many new vehicles come with information and entertainment systems such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Toyota’s Entune system. These infotainment systems can help drivers and passengers play music, read and send text messages, check the weather, and program navigation systems. While this cutting-edge technology is exciting, it can also lead to distracted driving.
A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that in-vehicle infotainment systems can distract drivers for up to forty seconds at a time. The AAA also notes that even two seconds of distraction can double the chances of being in a car accident. Distracted driving occurs when your attention is taken away from the task of driving. The multiple features available on these infotainment systems can be dangerous distractions.
Manufacturers of these infotainment systems tout them as being safe alternatives to using a phone while driving. Features such as voice text and voice commands can make it easier for drivers to communicate without taking their hands off the wheel. However, these features still result in visual and cognitive distraction. A driver who is listening to and dictating text messages is taking their mental focus off the task of driving. In addition, in order to activate many features, drivers have to, at least temporarily, take their eyes off the road. This is true for programming navigation systems and changing radio stations.
Preventing the Distraction
In order to prevent the distraction dangers posed by infotainment systems, car manufacturers should take steps to make their products safer. Features like disabling text messaging, and preventing navigation systems from being programmed while a car is in motion could prevent dangerous accidents.
In addition, drivers can take steps to prevent their own distracted driving. Placing the phone in the glove compartment and choosing not to synch it with the in-vehicle technology can help prevent distraction. There are also driving apps that can be installed on your phone to prevent you from using it while driving.
Contact a South Florida Accident Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident with a distracted driver, you should consult with an experienced South Florida accident attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has over 20 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.