Distracted driving continues to be a problem that plagues West Virginia roads. Drivers face the constant threat that a distracted driver will cause them harm, and it is a problem that does not seem to be going away, despite education and widespread awareness of its danger. Because people are more distracted than ever, automakers and researchers are constantly looking for ways to combat this problem.
Some people hope that certain technological advances could reduce the number of distracted driving accidents and injuries. Both cars and phones often come with systems that allow for drivers to navigate and use voice features without picking up their phones. Even small improvements could make the roads safer for everyone.
Possible solutions to a big problem
Distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents and motor vehicle injuries and fatalities. While phones are a large part of the problem, particularly texting while driving, there are many other sources of distraction to drivers. These include the in-car infotainment systems that offer navigation and entertainment options. Some of the advances and safety measures that could reduce distracted driving include the following:
- Phone systems that allow users to turn off texts and certain applications while driving
- Car systems that allow for a person to use voice commands while driving instead of touch screen systems or the phone
- Cars with technology that allows for automatic braking and collision warning systems
While all of these advances are great, you likely understand that it will still ultimately be up to the driver to decide whether or not he or she will engage in distracting behaviors behind the wheel. Regardless of the features that a car or a phone may come with, it is always best for a person to put the phone down, keep his or her hands on the wheel and remain focused on the task of safe driving.
Are you a distracted driving victim?
If you are the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you know how upsetting it can be to suffer because of the negligent or reckless actions of someone else. You may feel overwhelmed, but it is possible to hold individuals accountable for the harm they caused.
You may find it beneficial to seek an evaluation of your case as soon as possible after an accident. If you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim, taking quick action can allow you to start building a strong case immediately.