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AAA study shows infotainment systems distract drivers

Drivers in North Carolina probably know how easy it can be to get distracted on the road. The problem is compounded when new vehicles come with infotainment systems and other features. Researchers from the University of Utah have conducted a study of 30 such infotainment systems on new 2017 cars. The study was for AAA and shows how highly demanding the features are on people's attention.

None of the 30 systems had a low demand. Seven had a moderate demand, 11 a high demand and 12 a very high. Infotainment systems with a very high demand were installed in models like the Chrysler 300 C, Ford Mustang GT, Honda Civic Touring and Tesla Model S. Researchers state that manufacturers should be more selective about what they include since many of the features are irrelevant to driving: texting, updating social media, finger painting, etc.

The study, which involved drivers aged 21 to 36, found that participants were distracted for more than 40 seconds when using the GPS and texting. This is a serious issue because, according to experts, taking one's eyes off the road for two seconds can double the risk for an accident.

Even using voice commands and listening to the radio is distracting. Throughout the study, participants would run stop signs, swerve out of lanes and drive at unreasonably slow speeds.

When distracted driving is behind a car accident, victims may be able to file a personal injury claim. Under the state's rule of contributory negligence, though, they may not have this right if they were partially at fault. To see if they have a strong case, victims may benefit from requesting a case evaluation from a lawyer. The lawyer may decide to hire investigators to gather evidence and handling all settlement negotiations. If a settlement isn't achieved, the lawyer might litigate.

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