Can Car Companies Put an End to Distracted Driving?

According to a recent article by the New York Times, 2 seconds could cost you your life. The article examines the risks of driving distracted and the tragic outcome too many have faced due to distracted drivers.

“Just two seconds can be the life-or-death difference between hitting that metal strip, or a deer, and avoiding it. In 2016, more than 9 percent of United States traffic deaths — or 3,450 — were linked to distracted driving. With these facts in mind, the government, automakers and tech companies are dreaming up new ways to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, at a time when there are more opportunities for distraction than ever.”-NY TIMES

Distracted driving is a huge issue throughout New York, especially through the crowded streets of the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. New York City drivers share the road with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycles- all of whom are especially vulnerable and more likely to be seriously injured if involved in a crash.  Although the dangers of driving districted are seemingly obvious and New York State law prohibits drivers from using hand-held devices behind the wheel, drivers continue to drive distracted each and every day.

Experts are now looking to the automotive industry to re-think the way vehicles are designed, focusing on preventing distracted-driving related injuries. Some automakers have already begun implementing new safety measures:

Rather than try to stop distracted driving behavior, manufacturers are offering technological solutions to hopefully lessen the distractions.

They include features like head-up displays, which project speed and other information onto the windshield in front of the driver; and audio alerts when the vehicle drifts into another lane without signaling. Others include blind-spot detection, automatic braking when about to hit another vehicle or pedestrian, and cross-traffic warnings when a vehicle is about to pass behind the driver in a parking lot. – NY TIMES

While the automotive industry is undoubtedly making great strides in terms of injury prevention, it’s important that as individuals we take a strong stance against distracted driving. The first step is simply recognizing what distracted driving is. Daydreaming, waving to a friend, using navigation, adjusting the radio, and eating are all examples of distraction. Once you become aware of possible distractions it’s important to remind yourself of the very real dangers associated with distracted driving. When you chose to drive distracted, you increase the likelihood of causing serious injury to yourself and others on the road.

As injury attorneys we have witnessed time and time again the lasting effects of distracted driving. From life-altering pedestrian knockdown injuries to catastrophically injured cyclists, we’re all too aware of the damage distracted drivers cause. If a distracted driver injures you or a loved one contact us 24/7 for a free personal injury case evaluation.