Drivers in New Jersey may think that a car is more convenient or fun to drive with voice controls or other modern features. However, research has shown that many dashboard features and other technology included in new vehicles may be more of a safety risk. A study was conducted by the University of Utah that had drivers between the ages of 21 and 36 perform a series of tasks while driving.
The study found that something as simple as listening to the radio could result in significant distraction. The use of a GPS as well as texting while driving were considered the two most distracting tasks that participants engaged in. In some cases, participants took their eyes off of the road for up to 40 seconds. They were also likely to have trouble staying in their lane or driving at the posted speed limit.
Researchers concluded that manufacturers should be more careful with the technology that they put into a vehicle. Ideally, it should make driving safer or easier as opposed to being a hazard for drivers. It was also discovered that the use of voice controls may make drivers less aware of other objects on the road even if they were in close proximity. AAA warns drivers to stay away from certain features, such as being able to check social media while in a vehicle.
The odds of getting in an accident may increase for those who engage in distracted driving. If a driver or passenger is hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, injured victims may take legal action to obtain compensation for those injuries. It may be worthwhile to talk with an attorney who may be able to help either during settlement talks or during a formal trial.