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Does the solution for distracted driving lie in technology?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2020 | Car Accidents

Distracted driving is a problem on Florida roads and everywhere else in the United States. One of the main sources for distraction behind the wheel is the use of cell phones, but other factors can be to blame for this issue, such as in-car technology and even eating while driving. There seems to be no easy solution to this problem.

A possible way to reduce distracted driving and make the roads safer for everyone is to implement certain types of technology. There are new tools in development by automakers and tech companies that you could find in your vehicle in the near future, if not already. Regardless of what types of technology a driver has, every person behind the wheel is responsible for the choices he or she makes.

Tech that improves safety

There are new types of programs that automakers may eventually integrate into newer vehicles. These features can assist drivers, help them keep their focus on the road and reduce the chance of an accident. These types of technology include:

  • Lane departure alerts – These will alert drivers when they swerve in the lane, get too close to the lines or cross the line. A sound or vibration can get a driver’s attention and allow him or her to correct course.
  • Driver monitoring – These systems can use certain types of facial recognition technology to recognize when a driver is tired or distracted. It would then alert the driver.
  • Lock-out functions – These functions lock-out certain features, such as a touchscreen radio controls or in-car GPS, while the vehicle is in motion. This encourages a driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.

Many cars now come with Bluetooth functions that can connect a phone with the vehicle. A driver can talk on the phone and listen to music without taking his or her eyes away from the road or holding the phone.

Did a distracted driver cause your accident?

If you are the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have options. No matter the technology that is available, drivers may still make reckless and negligent choices that cause harm to others. Through a civil claim, you can hold these drivers accountable for their actions. To learn about how you can fight for fair compensation for financial losses and other damages, you may want to start by seeking a complete assessment of your case.