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Infotainment systems linked to distracted driving

Distracted driving is becoming more of an issue with the development of mobile tech and automated features. Drivers in Texas should know that according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, last year saw 37,150 fatalities on the roads. This is a 10 percent increase from 2014, and while the increase has not been definitively linked to technology, the parallel is clear.

Built-in infotainment systems demand an especially high level of attention from drivers. A recent AAA analysis compared infotainment systems to interfaces like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which run off smartphones. University of Utah researchers had 64 participants drive five different vehicles; at certain points, the participants used the features of the infotainment systems and those of the interfaces. They found that the smartphone-run systems were less distracting. Certain features were less demanding than others.

Many other studies have been conducted regarding the effect of technology on driver behavior. MIT researchers are still studying the effects of Tesla's Autopilot and other automated features. Data from Agero, a provider of vehicle safety and roadside assistance systems, suggests that drivers aged 17 to 22 are most susceptible to technology-related distractions as they use their phones for approximately 12 percent of their time on the road.

Those who are injured through another's negligence have the grounds for a personal injury claim. They may want to hire a lawyer who focuses on motor vehicle accidents to have their case evaluated and a fair amount for a settlement calculated. The lawyer might hire experts to gather the police report, witness testimony, phone records and any other proof against the other party before proceeding to the negotiation table. If the auto insurance company refuses to pay out, victims and their lawyer may discuss taking the case to court.

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