Are infotainment systems making it more dangerous to operate a motor vehicle? Can individuals pursue compensation for injuries caused by drivers who were distracted by these systems? An increasing number of motor vehicles are equipped with all-in-one systems that control vehicle functions, radios, cell phones, televisions, DVD players, GPS, and internet access. As a result, these systems increase the number of potential distractions for drivers. Those who cause accidents as the result of distracted driving are liable for compensation for injuries caused by their actions.
Infotainment systems are increasingly complex and prone to problems. Data gathered by JD Power shows that 22 per 100 problems reported within the first three months of car ownership involve these systems. Drivers who are unfamiliar with their systems, or those who experience malfunctions, can become distracted while trying to use them as they drive down the road.
Data collected by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety demonstrates that using these systems causes cognitive and visual distraction. This includes accessing audio entertainment, making a phone call, sending a text message, or using GPS systems. On average, drivers spent 18 seconds accessing audio entertainment, 23 seconds making a phone call, and 30 seconds sending text messages. The most dangerous task was using navigation features, which showed a significantly higher interaction time of nearly 40 seconds during which the driver is distracted from operating the vehicle. Overall, systems operated by voice control require the least amount of cognitive focus, while systems located on the center console require the most.
Distracted driving accidents are increasing nationwide. The CDC estimates that every day 9 people die and more than 1,000 suffer personal injuries because of distracted driving. In 2015, 3,477 individuals died and 391,000 suffered injuries because of distracted drivers. Infotainment systems are a known risk for distracted driving. Motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians who are injured by a driver who was distracted by an infotainment system can pursue compensation for injuries to cover their medical treatment, recovery care, lost wages, lost income, and the impact to quality of life that the accident caused.
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