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Safety systems in cars can lead to distracted driving

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A recent study by the AAA Foundation suggests that some modern safety technology can actually lead to distracted driving. Louisiana drivers may be interested in learning more about these systems and why they are so distracting.

It is not that car safety systems are dangerous. When they are used properly, they can make roads safer. However, when individuals rely on them too much or do not fully understand their purpose, the risk of danger increases. It is important to recognize that car safety technologies are support systems. When a person is driving, they need to keep two hands on the wheel and be fully attentive at all times.

One common car safety system is lane-keep assist. This technology can nudge the car in one direction if it detects that the driver is drifting the steering. However, it is up to the driver to be alert and correct the vehicle.

Adaptive cruise control is another safety system designed to support the driver, not take over. It will slightly change the speed of the vehicle to keep it at a safe distance from the car in front. Again, the driver needs to be attentive and understand how to use the safety system.

“Infotainment” systems with touchscreens are also common distractions that lead to motor vehicle accidents. While these screens can be beneficial, they can distract a driver. Just a second or two with eyes off the road can lead to a serious car accident. A person who has been the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver may want to discuss their case with an attorney. Legal counsel could help a client file a claim and answer any questions about getting compensation for injuries and damages.