As if cell phones weren't already enough of a distraction for drivers, some of the nation's leading auto makers are producing new cars with more technology than ever. The 2013 models that are being introduced to the public include such features as Google Earth, the ability to access Facebook or Twitter, Internet connectivity and more. It seems like everywhere Californians turn, they are being bombarded with messages to stay connected to people at all times and at all costs. The competition is intense among today's auto manufacturers is intense to see which company can produce the most in-vehicle technology the fastest.
A push for legal intervention
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTS) is currently taking action to limit motorist's access to technology while the car is in motion. NTS would like to see legislation that requires a vehicle to be in park before the driver is allowed to access a Global Positioning System (GPS) for directions or Facebook and Twitter for social media updates. If technology is used while a vehicle is in operation, the proposed NTS guidelines state that it should be for no longer than two seconds.
Unfortunately, there are drivers on California roads who are more concerned with having the latest gadgetry than being a safe driver. The NTS estimates that 3,000 people were killed in 2010 as the result of distracted driving. This number will only get worse if auto makers continue to create cars with high technology that distract the driver from the task at hand.
Even with laws in place to limit the use of technology, accidents are still going to occur. If you have been injured in a car crash with a distracted driver, the civil lawyers at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire are here to help. Since 1978, we have been aggressively pursuing fair compensation for victims of car accidents and all other types of personal injury cases.