Many vehicles now come with hands-free tools intended to decrease distracted driving in Georgia and across the U.S. and allow drivers to operate their vehicles more safely, according to a recent article in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. However, as research indicates that merely keeping the driver’s hands on the wheel isn’t enough, many automakers are re-designing these systems so that they further decrease distractions, improving safety.
Some vehicles can currently be purchased with built-in features like voice commands and hands-free cell phone connections. The driver merely pushes a button or speaks a command to do things like turn on the radio, get GPS directions, or call home. While these keep the driver’s hands on the steering wheel, they don’t do anything about distractions that take the driver’s eyes off the road, such as having to read a GPS or other screen readout.
They also don’t prevent the driver’s mind from being distracted which prevents the brain from registering or processing information about the road that the driver must see and respond to properly in order to avoid an accident. Distractions like these are the next step for automakers, who are working on reducing screen readout data and minimizing mental distraction so that drivers can focus on the road.
Distracted driving can easily take lives or cause serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, call a skilled Georgia distracted driving accident attorney at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. today. We’ll help you understand your legal rights and options and take the next step to protect yourself and your family. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 for a free and confidential consultation.