Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day 1,161 people are injured due to distracted drivers. Every year, the number of people injured or killed in car accidents has also been increasing, with some experts blaming distracted driving and our use of technology for the increased number of deaths and injuries. Texting and driving is particularly dangerous. At speeds of 55 miles per hour, a car can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes to read and respond to a text.
Even as states move to make texting and driving illegal, car companies have been making “improvements” in vehicles that could make roads more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. According to the New York Times, companies like Google and Intel are bringing high definition screens and the internet to your next new car’s front dash. These new systems come with 10-inch screens, high definition video, and internet access. Safety advocates and experts are very concerned about the impact this new technology will have on driver and pedestrian safety. Experts have called the car company’s new innovations “irresponsible” and dangerous. Many claim that the car companies are putting profit over driver safety.
Companies claim that the most advanced features will only be accessible while the car is stopped or parked, but much like cell phones, users themselves will have to responsibly manage their use of this potentially distracting technology. While the systems will come with warnings, these alluring new features will allow drivers to pull up Wikipedia articles about their destinations as they drive.
New color screens displaying multiple pieces of information, like speed, fuel level, the name of callers, and songs being played may only add to drivers’ many distractions and provide options for how they can choose to be distracted. The cost will likely be paid in greater injuries, pedestrian deaths, and personal injury lawsuits. If car companies want to hold drivers accountable for their technology use, then one of the ways to prevent irresponsible technology use will be when injured individuals sue negligent parties for their distracted driving practices. Andress | Inzina, LLC are personal injury lawyers who are closely watching how these new technologies will affect driver safety.
Will car companies ever be held legally responsible for promoting, selling, and making profits off of potentially dangerous products? Regulators are watching the new developments, but it isn’t clear whether they will step in. In some cases, regulators don’t take action until consumers start seeking justice through lawsuits. If more people get into an accidents while using these elaborate technological systems, car companies may be held liable for not putting sufficient fail safes on these systems to prevent misuse and abuse.
Andress | Inzina, LLC see how devastating car accidents are for victims and their families. Our personal injury firm assists families who have been victims of distracted driving or negligence on the part of another driver. We work closely with families and survivors to help them get the recovery they may deserve to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.