West Virginia drivers know that the cost of distracted driving is often a severe car accident and possible physical injuries. More auto makers are beginning to add technology options, such as blue tooth, in many new cars that will be released in the future. In fact, as technology improves and more people have many options available in their vehicles, the risk of a car accident may increase everywhere in the United States.
Some of the many new distractions available to drivers include being able to read text messages hands free, voice-activated navigation systems and more. While auto makers claim that these changes are to improve safety by allowing for drivers to use these feature without their hands, there is a grave concern that it will actually increase distracted driving. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims that distracted driving is the cause for as many as nine deaths every day.
The concern over distractions in new vehicles raised concern with one West Virginia lawmaker. Senator Jay Rockefeller held a summit to address these concerns and to engage in conversation regarding decreasing distracted driving. In fact, Mr. Rockefeller accused auto makers of irresponsibly contributing to the problem.
Distracted driving is an obvious issue on the roads and interstates of America. When distracted driving injures or claims the life of another motorist in a car accident, it is especially tragic. In these cases, it may be possible for a family to seek financial compensation. With the increased amount of distracted driving, it is possible that there will be an increased amount of wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits.
Source: Chicago Tribune, New technology in cars distracts drivers, No author, Feb. 17, 2014