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Distracted driving persists despite education

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

In recent years, the danger of driving while distracted has been emphasized to drivers in Pennsylvania and across the country. One of the pushes behind the desire to educate people about the dangers of driving while distracted may be the number of injuries and fatalities associated with this practice. It’s estimated that every single day, around nine people die and around 100 people are injured in accidents involving distracted driving.

The challenge for drivers could be the fact that there are so many distractions available to them. There are non-tech-related distractions such as eating, talking to passengers, getting distracted by scenery, rubbernecking, trying to discipline children, applying makeup or even driving while tired.

On top of that, there are a number of tech-related distractions. Top on this list has to be mobile devices. Although people have been thoroughly educated about the dangers of driving while distracted, research shows that up to 60% of people admit to using their cellphones while driving, and up to 50% of people admit to sending text messages and using social media while driving. Mobile devices are such of a dangerous form of distraction because using them requires visual, cognitive and manual attention.

Car manufacturers have been investigating the use of artificial intelligence coupled with visual intelligence to help alert drivers when they are engaged in distracting practices. The goal is to create a system that drivers won’t simply ignore. This may mean including visual and audible alerts.

Car accidents caused by distracted driving can result in catastrophic injuries. When a person is a victim of this type of accident, they may want to consult a personal injury attorney with experience in auto accidents. The attorney may work with their client and help them gather the facts of the case, interact with insurance companies and represent their client in court with the goal of getting compensation.