Does advanced tech increase the risk of distracted driving?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

New car shoppers may find all the many technological features found in new vehicles appealing. Besides safety and performance features, many models for sale at New Mexico dealerships come with informational and entertainment-oriented technology perks. Are these things dangerous, though? Drivers benefit when attention remains on the road, other vehicles, and pedestrians. Infotainment that competes for attention might lead to incidents of distracted driving.

The screen display danger

Consumers frequently respond to improvements in visual displays that present bigger screens. In vehicles, touchscreens and displays are hitting the market in much larger sizes. A 56-inch option makes it hard to miss apps and other items on the screen.

The apps that someone chooses to use when integrating infotainment screens with a smartphone might not be the best choice. Following along with podcasts or switching between them might prove distracting. Using apps that stream movies or television programs could be even more distracting and dangerous.

Even with voice-control functions, massive screens create the potential for significant distractions. Attempts to manually make changes or adjustments on screen displays or app choices may further add to potential dangers. The popularity of the systems will likely lead to larger and larger screens turning up in new cars. Could dangers and accidents increase?

Distracted driving and the potential harm

Distract driving continues to be the reason for many accidents in New Mexico and across the United States. Anything that leads a driver to divert attention from safe driving practices comes with risks. If drinking from a coffee mug could distract someone, imagine what a massive infotainment display could do.

Sadly, many distracting driving accidents have disastrous consequences. If you are injured in a collision with a distracted driver, it may be a good idea to speak to an attorney about getting the compensation you need to move forward.