NHTSA Proposes Electronic Device Features to Reduce Distracted Driving
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Dec 13, 2016 in Car Accidents
Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors on U.S. roadways, causing eight fatalities and more than 1,100 injuries each day.
Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes your eyes off the road, or engages your hands or your mind on something other than driving. This could include eating, personal grooming, using the radio and many other activities.
Some of the most common distractions for drivers are smartphones, GPS devices and other electronic devices. That is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a set of voluntary guidelines to help reduce the risk of distraction from electronic devices.
The NHTSA wants manufacturers of aftermarket electronic devices to add features to allow drivers to continue using these devices while keeping their eyes on the road.
This could include a driver mode feature, which simplifies the user interface and makes devices more convenient for drivers. The NHTSA also encourages manufacturers to enable devices to be linked to vehicle infotainment systems.
No matter what changes the NHTSA or aftermarket device manufacturers make, you need to avoid distractions while driving to reduce the risk of a potentially deadly accident.
Avoid using your cellphone while driving, for calls, texts or other purposes. If you need to use a GPS device, program it before you start driving. Also, if you are a passenger, offer to make calls or texts for the driver if he or she needs to get in touch with someone while driving.
Unfortunately, even if you avoid distractions, other drivers might not, putting you and your loved ones at risk. If you or a loved one suffer an injury in a crash with a distracted driver, you may have legal recourse.
Our auto accident attorneys can review your claim for free to help find out if you are entitled to compensation for physical, financial or emotional damages.