Onboard infotainment and navigation systems are everywhere. Even if you don't have one built into your vehicle, you probably have something similar in the form of your smartphone.
Infotainment and navigation systems are supposed to make driving easier because of their data-gathering, navigation, and entertainment features; and ability to keep you connected to the world, your work, and your family.
Unfortunately, while they may make traveling less complicated in some instances, they certainly don't always make it safer. Many drivers utilize their cell phone as a navigation system which can cause several issues while driving. Drivers using cell phones look at but fail to see up to 50% of the information in their driving environment.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has research that reveals in-vehicle navigation and communications technology, as well as app-based programs, can create dangerous distractions for individuals behind the wheel—dramatically increasing their risk of being involved in an accident. That's because rather than simplifying the driving process, infotainment systems demand significant attention from drivers.
For example, programming your navigation system or device takes an average of 40 seconds, but is still considered the number one distracted driving task. Consider this, if you're moving at even a slow 25 mph, you'll travel the length of four football fields in that time. This makes fiddling with the nav system one of the most hazardous things you can do while driving.
Like other distracted driving crashes, navigation system-related car accidents are preventable. You can avoid causing this type of collision by programming your infotainment systems and devices in advance—before you hit the road. You can also briefly pull over if you need to interact with in-vehicle technology for longer than two seconds while driving.
If you were hurt in a crash caused by a negligent driver who was distracted by a navigation or infotainment system, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
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