It’s Getting Worse: Distracted Driving Due to Smartphone and Car Technologies
Don’t let your smartphone or those fancy screens and gadgets in your new vehicles pull your attention away from the road while you’re driving. Car crashes are on the rise due in large part to distracted driving worsening. In 2015, the number of people killed in U.S. traffic accidents rose by 7.2% to 35,092, the largest annual percentage increase in about 50 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
With many new vehicles having infotainment systems installed on them, including a large screen to display navigation, audio and music libraries, and other applications, people are increasingly being distracted and preoccupied with the new technology and they’re taking their eyes off the road. It’s no longer just cell phones and smartphones distracting drivers. Fancy new gadgets inside cars are getting people’s eyes, mind, and hands off of the road in increasingly large proportions, not only endangering people’s lives, but also causing across-the-board insurance rate hikes to account for the rising number of crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, it’s important to get a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with car accidents and personal injuries who can help you early on in the process to begin protecting your rights and interests immediately. Feel free to call our office at (219) 736-9700 and speak to a member of our legal team.