A Disturbing Trend – Increasing Number of Car Crashes and More Significant Injuries Despite Vehicle Technology Improvement

Over the past few decades, vehicle makers (like Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, Honda, and others) have modified and improved their designs to take advantage of new advances in technology to prevent deaths and serious disabling injury for those involved in crashes. Because of this, new car and truck models have improved crumple zones, headrests designed to reduce the risk of a driver’s head whipping around violently, cameras that cover a vehicle’s blind spots, and collision detection technology. Some models are now advertising the ability to brake and drive on autopilot in certain conditions.

The point of all these vehicle improvements and technology is to reduce crash-related fatalities and serious disabling injury.  But – the opposite is happening on America’s roadways and experts believe that another new technology is to blame.

One technology problem causing the spike - distracted drivers taking their eyes off the road. Pokemon Go, Facebook, Snapchat and other social apps have contributed to accidents caused by inattentive drivers. Traffic safety experts connect the increased use of these apps while driving to increased accidents. 

On top of that - new vehicle enhancements may also cause an additional distraction.  Many vehicles are now equipped with Wi-Fi, Pandora/Spotify, and other apps allowing drivers to browse the internet, watch videos, or like their favorite music as they fly down the road.

Smartphones are able to connect to the vehicle’s blue-tooth systems, so drivers can place calls, dictate texts, and speak to SIRI while they operate their vehicles. Despite automaker claims that hands-free systems reduce driver distraction, scientific studies show drivers using hands-free devices are inattentive and still at high risk for errors.

Humans have a hard time mentally handling multi-tasking.  When we try to multitask we are not as efficient as any one task and raise the risk of missing very serious errors.  So, when you are racing down the road look out your windshield at a busy street but modifying a selfie with a Snapchat filter, you’re not mentally processing 100% of the visual cues your eyes send to your brain. Heck – you are not even getting your picture like you want but…

If you or someone you love was in an accident with a distracted driver and suffered a disabling personal injury requiring hospitalization or you to miss work, give us a call at Louisiana Disability Law.  We have the experience to guide you through this difficult process and advise you on both the injury aspects of your claim and the disability aspects of your claim.
Loyd J. Bourgeois
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