In-vehicle Gadgets, Bells and Whistles to Blame for Injuries Caused by Charlotte Car Accidents

Technological advances have made us all a bit spoiled as we make our way through the 21st century. We live in a world where bigger is always better, but is it? Communicative technology has made our roadways less safe when it comes to distractions that cause car accidents in Charlotte and throughout the country.

The Denver Post reports that consumers are now expecting communication devices to come standard in most vehicles so that laws are not broken in states that have adopted texting or cell phone bans. Greensboro car accident lawyers want to reiterate the fact that cognitive distractions are just as much to blame for a car crash as taking your eyes of the road and hands off the wheel. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you owe it to yourself to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Today’s world is all about voice activation. First, we had it brought to our cell phones. Now we have it available on the steering wheel or dashboard of certain vehicles. The following vehicles offer these tech savvy luxuries:

  • Ford’s Sync offers drivers the ability to hear text messages and read them back.
  • Toyota’s Entune offers a multimedia system in limited models which links drivers to their cell phone.
  • 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox offers hands-free integration of Pandora and Stitcher Smart Radio via Chevy MyLink.
  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid and 2012 Kia Sorento offer Uvo which is a hands-free entertainment system offering Bluetooth technology activated by your voice.

Roadway safety advocates and vehicle manufacturers remain at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to in-vehicle technology. Safety advocates stand strong that any kind of distraction is damaging to roadway safety. The automobile industry is only concerned about selling cars and according to the consumers, technology is what sells cars.

“We talk to a variety of customers in a variety of demographics, and the general message we get from almost every demographic is usability,” said Henry Bzeih, head of Infotainment and Telematics for Kia Motors America. “That means Kia cars can’t simply offer navigational aids. They must be voice-controlled and simplified to just a few, brief steps.”

The Government Computer News recently reported that David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator, spoke to a crowd of people at the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference stating he will continue to advocate against unsafe vehicle technologies.

Entertainment centers are meant for the comfort and safety of your home, not your vehicle where it can cause danger to you and other drivers sharing the same roadways.

“I’m just putting everyone on notice,” Strickland said, choosing his words carefully and ironically, “A car is not a mobile device.”

Technologies such as GPS navigation systems, automated alert systems, and internal diagnostics have been helpful in promoting driver safety but helping people to tweet while they drive is not likely to save lives. Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicate that drivers don’t have the mental capacity to perform multiple tasks while we drive.

Focusing only on the road is the only way to ensure motorists safety on U.S. roadways. As social media begins to take over our vehicles in the near future, do yourself a favor, keep your eyes and mind on the road rather than the gadget to reduce the risk of a car accident in North Carolina.

The car accident lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and their families who have been injured in a distracted driving accident in North and South Carolina. For a free and confidential appointment call 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

Today’s drivers expect more from their cars, triggering an influx of tech-infused vehicles, by Christian Toto, The Denver Post

Highway safety chief: Car not a ‘mobile device’, by Kevin McCaney, Government Computer News

SUVs Considered Safer in Statesville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 18, 2011

Using Cell Phones While Driving Raises Risk of Statesville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 21, 2011

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