Infotainment systems are a convenient option in many newer vehicles. This latest technology offers a range of options for drivers, from touch-screen displays with navigation to voice command software that allows the driver to make calls or select music without lifting a finger. Some infotainment systems offer features such as the internet, social media, or other apps. These options and accessories are convenient and fun but can also pose a danger for drivers since they can often be additional distractions and lead to car crashes.
The Dangers of Infotainment Systems
Being distracted while driving is dangerous to the driver and others on the road. Distracted driving can happen for a variety of reasons, such as eating, interacting with passengers in the vehicle, texting, listening to music, or looking at a cellphone. Infotainment systems put many of these distractions at the fingertips of drivers. Many systems connect to a driver’s smartphone and enable them to play music, text, or use apps right from the screen of their car. Not only do infotainment systems make it convenient to access these applications, but they make it easy to become distracted while driving.
Distracted driving due to any reason increases the chance of an accident since it takes the driver’s focus and awareness off the road and their surroundings. Some research studies reveal that using technology such as infotainment systems while driving is more dangerous than being under the influence of alcohol or other substances while driving. A study by IAM RoadSmart found that distractions from infotainment systems such as Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto compromised a driver’s response times more than alcohol or cannabis use while driving.
Recovering Damages for Your Injuries
Distracted driving is negligence, and if it is the cause of an auto accident, the driver can be held liable for any injuries that resulted from a crash. If you were injured in an accident due to a driver’s negligence, contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine if you have a claim.
An attorney can help with your case in the following ways:
- Investigate and gather the necessary evidence to prove that a driver was negligent in using an infotainment system while driving and that it contributed to the crash.
- Negotiate with insurance companies so you do not have to talk to any adjusters.
- Calculate the value of your case.
- Protect your legal rights and represent you if the case goes to trial.
Some damages you may be entitled to receive if a distracted driver is found negligent include:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Avoid Distracted Driving
The best way to prevent an accident that results from using an infotainment system is to avoid using them while driving. Infotainment systems are distractions and should not be focused on while driving or even stopped at a red light or stop sign. They should only be used when necessary. If you plan on using an infotainment system in your vehicle, use it when parked or ask a passenger in your car to use the controls. Some other tips that can prevent you from becoming distracted while driving are:
- If you need to make a call on your cellphone, do it before you begin driving. This also applies to texting. Even if you make a call or text using an infotainment system, it can become a distraction.
- Program your GPS before and after your trip. If you are using an infotainment system for navigation, you can set your destination before you begin to drive. Doing so while driving is dangerous and will take your focus off of the road.
- If something drops, do not attempt to pick it up. If you drop your phone or another object while driving, reaching down or looking for it can be a distraction. Leave it there until you can safely stop your vehicle to retrieve it.
If you were involved in a car accident due to an infotainment system, contact our experienced lawyers at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. To set up a confidential appointment in any of our 11 Midwest law offices located throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, you can fill out our convenient contact form online or call us at 1-800-800-5678.