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Do Infotainment Systems Increase Driver Distraction?

Infotainment systems have become the norm in newer vehicles. It seems convenient to have the latest technology at the fingertips of vehicle occupants, but despite this convenience, do these accessories make it more dangerous to be on the road?

What Is an Infotainment System?

An infotainment system is the entertainment and information technology inside a vehicle. This can include touch-screen displays, voice command technology, and more. The technology is to provide an all-around entertainment and informational experience not only for the driver but passengers as well.

How Distracted Can a Driver Get Using an Infotainment System?

While it seems that infotainment systems would be beneficial for drivers overall, they still can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Not only can drivers become physically distracted, whether they’re messing with the on-screen console or telling a command to the vehicle, but they can become mentally distracted as well. By not focusing on their surroundings, a driver could put themselves and passengers at risk.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, more than 53,000 distracted driving crashes were reported in 2019 with 154 of them turning deadly. While there are many ways to become distracted while driving, it’s important for drivers to be aware of the driving conditions, and other drivers around them, to make traveling to their destination the safest experience possible.

How to Avoid Distracted Driving

Drivers can make sure they keep their focus on the road rather than distractions like infotainment systems by using infotainment systems when it’s only safe to do so. Even when stopped at a red light, drivers can become distracted. Drivers should only use their infotainment systems while on the road when necessary, otherwise use them when parked safely before or after they arrive at their destination.

If you have been injured by a driver who was distracted by using their infotainment system, you’ll want the right lawyer in your corner. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we have the experience helping others injured by distracted drivers. A free consultation could mean money in your pocket for the suffering you’ve been through. Call us today at (855) 757-4204.

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