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AAA: GPS and texting raise risk for auto accidents

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2019 | Car Accidents

The results of a new AAA study on the hazards of vehicle infotainment systems should not be surprising to some drivers in Ohio. However, the fact remains that there are many who see nothing wrong with utilizing technology behind the wheel. One out of three Americans uses an infotainment system while driving.

The study focused on 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 cars from makers like Toyota, Honda, Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and Tesla. Of the 30 systems, none demanded a low level of attention. Seven generated a moderate demand, 11 a high demand and 12 a very high demand. Many of the systems allow for activities irrelevant to driving like calling, texting, checking social media and even finger painting.

Participants of the AAA study, who were aged 21 to 36, were asked to utilize the various features while driving. Researchers found the drivers to be visually and mentally preoccupied for more than 40 seconds when using the GPS and when texting. This made these the two most dangerous actions.

Using voice systems and listening to the radio also take away a driver’s attention from what’s in front of them. Safety experts say that the risk for an accident doubles when a driver takes their eyes from the road for two seconds.

When a distracted driver causes a car accident, the crash victim may be eligible for compensation. This will mean filing a personal injury claim, which can be difficult without legal representation. A lawyer could evaluate the case and hire investigators to gather proof of the defendant’s negligence if the case is strong. Legal counsel could also handle all negotiations, preparing the case for court if a settlement cannot be reached.