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How have automakers tried to combat distracted driving?

| Oct 23, 2020 | Car Accidents

Distracted driving accounts for a large percentage of car accidents in Kentucky. Even glancing at a phone for a split second can cause a fatal accident. But despite these risks, countless people engage in distracted driving while they’re on the road. They text, talk on the phone and use navigation apps.

Many automakers have tried to develop technology that reduces the frequency of auto accidents caused by distracted driving. However, the results have been mixed.

How are automakers trying to reduce the frequency of distracted driving?

One possible solution for distracted driving might be automated vehicles. These vehicles can hit the brakes when an obstacle appears in the road or navigate back to the center if the car starts to drift out of its lane. This can prevent fatalities by taking control of the vehicle if the driver isn’t paying attention.

Additionally, many vehicles have introduced voice activation technology that allows people to use their favorite apps without looking away from the road. However, studies show that this technology still tends to be distracting. When people are talking and trying to open their favorite apps, they’re not fully concentrating on the road.

Many forms of distracted driving like eating and daydreaming are still perfectly legal, and there’s not much that automakers can do to prevent these types of distractions. Ultimately, it’s up to the driver to make sure they’re taking precautions while on the road.

How can people start to rebuild their life after a car accident?

A car accident can change a person’s life in a matter of seconds. When an accident victim is ready to start rebuilding their life, they might wish to hire an attorney. An attorney may be able to help them seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance company so that they can pay off their medical bills and other losses.