Distracted Driving is more Prominent among Older Drivers while Using In-Vehicle Technology

The American Automobile Association (AAA) released a report that shows older drivers are more likely to be distracted when using in-vehicle technology while driving.  The report was released after a study was conducted on the age-related differences in the cognitive, visual and temporal demands of in-vehicle information systems.  The study was comprised of 128 participants who divided into “younger drivers” between the ages of 21-36 and “older drivers” who were between the ages of 55-75 years old.

The study looked at how in-vehicle information systems affected the driving of each driver.  As each year passes, the car manufacturers improve their in-vehicle technology to be more accessible.  But with that being said, the AAA report found that the improving technology is not only frustrating to older drivers, but also dangerous. While doing tasks like programming the navigation or changing the radio station, drivers between the ages of 55 to 75 took their eyes off the road for an average of eight seconds longer than those ages 21 to 36.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), taking your eyes off the road for as little as two seconds doubles the risk of crashing.  In the year of 2017, more than 3,000 people died in accidents involving distracted drivers.  Although most of the vehicles tested in the AAA study utilized voice-command functions, older drivers still had a tendency to take their eyes off the road while utilizing the in-vehicle features. Both age groups took their eyes off the road frequently when the voice-command system failed to respond.

The most common motor vehicle accident involving distracted drivers are rear-end collisions.  When a driver takes their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the driving conditions in front of them may change.  The difference of a few seconds could be the difference between causing an accident or avoiding these dangerous conditions. In the case of rear-end collisions, the rear-most driver is usually the driver at fault.  If the rear-most driver was distracted while driving they will likely almost always be found to be liable for any injuries or property damage that occur.

While technology has been proven to make vehicles safer, the AAA report goes to show that sometimes technology can have adverse effects on the safety of our roadways.  Even assuming you were struck by a distracted driver, a lack of proper legal representation can mean missed opportunities for receiving compensation for your injuries.  Seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accidents will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being involved in a motor vehicle accident on the road. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York auto accident lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.

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