The Highway Loss Data Institute reports that emergency braking technology decreased the rate of front-to-rear crashes in 2020 by 50%. Insurance experts are voicing concern that the new tech advances that include “flashy infotainment systems” will result in distractions that may negate these safety advances. These experts are pointing to technology like the use of heads-up display systems to project text messages directly onto the vehicle’s windshield as examples of advances that could create new distraction risks on our roadways.
How can drivers reduce the risk of tech distractions?
It is important to take one of two approaches when operating a vehicle that relies so heavily on tech. Either get familiar with the interface or change it. For drivers who prefer the first option, take the time to review how to access some of the more basic necessities while driving like the heating/cooling controls, windshield wipers and how to check the vehicle’s gas or charge levels.
A cognition expert who conducts distracted driving for AAA encourages drivers who are interested in the second option to disable the overly complicated and unfamiliar systems provided by automakers and replace them with something the driver is more familiar with like Google Assistant or Apple CarPlay.
What if I am the victim of a car accident and believe the other driver was distracted at the time of the crash?
In these situations you may be able to hold that driver responsible for the cost of the accident through a civil suit. This can work to better ensure the other driver’s insurance company gives you what you need to cover medical bills, the cost to repair or replace your vehicle and even missed wages. An attorney can review your case and discuss your options in more detail.