Technology: Aid or Distraction?

advanced technology could be a distraction and aidThere is no question that technology has made it safer for us to drive. Safety devices like air bags and seat restraint systems prevent severe injuries and deaths every day. According to the Folsom CA injury lawyer at Black & DePaoli, what comes to issue is that advances in technology are also contributing to severe injuries and deaths every day. For example, take a look at infotainment centers on new cars.

Infotainment centers are a combination of both hardware and software that is positioned on the dashboard of a vehicle. They have radio and CD players, navigational systems, video players, USB plugs and in-car internet. They give new meaning to living in your car.

The AAA Foundation for Highway Safety has reported that infotainment centers in vehicles can create dangerous levels of distraction. It concluded that drivers can be visually and cognitively distracted for more than 40 seconds when performing a navigation task on a system. At 25 mph, that’s long enough to cover four football fields during the time it takes to enter navigation data.

Advanced technology is here to stay in motor vehicles, and as older vehicles are taken off of the road and new models hit the showroom floors, advanced technology is going to proliferate. If you or somebody close to you was seriously injured by a preoccupied driver who was distracted by an infotainment center, cell phone or other electronic device, contact a Folsom CA injury lawyer at Black & DePaoli. You can arrange for a case consultation and evaluation at no cost whatsoever. Risk increases whenever a driver takes his or her eyes off of the road, hands off of the wheel or attention from the responsibilities involved in driving safely. We’re here to help you if you become that driver’s victim.


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