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Are Infotainment Systems Dangerous to Drivers?

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By now, you are probably aware of how dangerous it is to engage in distracted driving behaviors.

Viewing or sending a text message takes your attention away from the road for no less than five seconds. When you’re going 55 miles per hour (mph), that’s similar to driving the full distance of a football field without looking.

While texting is not the same as using a factory-installed infotainment system, the premise of distracted driving remains the same. Read on to learn more about how infotainment systems are dangerous because they can cause distractions to drivers.

Infotainment Systems Can Be Even More Distracting Than Texting

Studies show that infotainment systems are often too dangerous to use safely and can even provide a greater distraction to drivers than smartphone use or even texting.

Most drivers rightly assume that the technology installed in the vehicle is safe to use at all times, but that may not truly be the case.

Research has shown that when using infotainment systems, drivers tend to take their eyes off the road for extended periods and are actively engaged in complicated interactions. Using both voice-based and touch-screen features, drivers’ hands, eyes, and minds are not focused on the road.

The use of all types of infotainment systems requires a high level of demand for the driver’s attention, and it is impossible to be focused on two tasks simultaneously.

We Can Help Injured Victims

Not everyone is aware of the dangers of infotainment system use while driving. If another’s reckless behavior caused you to sustain injuries in a car accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away to learn more about what we can do to help with your case.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP may be able to help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out the online contact form.