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Study shows infotainment systems lead to distracted drivers

Technology is meant to make life easier and increase the safety of people as they go about their daily activities. In a city as bustling as New York with the number of vehicles on the road and people everywhere, this is a beneficial endeavor. When carmakers place "infotainment" systems into their newer vehicles, it is to try and prevent distracted drivers from using their smartphones and to improve navigation. However, a new study from AAA indicates that these systems are causing drivers to look down and away from the road just as smartphones are perceived to do.

Study shows drivers think texting and driving isn't distracting

Drivers in New York and across the nation are acutely aware of the risks that distracted drivers pose. Not a day can goes by when drivers are out on the road, and they see someone who is doing something other than keeping their hands on the wheel and watching what is in front of them. Texting and driving can cause auto accidents with severe injuries and death. Even with the advertising blitz and studies that say how risky this behavior is, there are still people who believe that they can multitask and use devices while behind the wheel. A study from Progressive Insurance shows this.

SUV crash into laundromat shows risks of older drivers

Auto accidents can happen anywhere in Staten Island and can happen without warning. However, there are certain accidents that are more shocking than others, and it is always possible to be in motor vehicle accidents, like crashing into a building. This can cause serious injuries and death, and it is compounded by the reality that those inside were not expecting it, nor were they able to brace themselves in any way. When there are auto accidents of this kind, it is imperative to remember how a legal filing can be beneficial.

Study: Speeding causes almost as many fatal car accidents as DUI

In a Staten Island car accident in which people suffer catastrophic injuries or fatalities, the cause of the crash is one of the most important factors as the case is investigated. People who are hurt or lose a loved one in a crash must be aware of the importance of the cause, if they are considering litigation to be compensated. While certain factors, such as drunk driving, are considered a common factor in these crashes, a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that speeding is almost as prominent in causing fatal accidents.

Legal help is vital after Staten Island car accidents

Heading out on the Staten Island roads is something that people do every single day without thinking about the potential risks they face. While most drivers operate their vehicles safely, watch for other drivers and pedestrians, and are predictable and cautious, there will still be drivers who are reckless, operate under the influence, text and drive and commit any number of other infractions that lead to a crash.

Danger of hit-and-run car accidents shown in Staten Island crash

When there are car collisions, it is expected that those involved will stay at the scene, exchange insurance information and check if others involved need medical assistance. Unfortunately, in a substantial number of car accidents, it will turn into a hit-and-run with a driver fleeing the scene. With hit-and-run accidents, it is vital that there be a full investigation to determine what happened. Those who are in any accident must be examined for serious injuries and understand their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Stats for NYC car accidents show positives and negatives

Car accidents and the serious injuries and fatalities that can result from them are an ongoing problem in a city as large and as busy as New York. The city authorities and law enforcement are constantly trying to find ways to make the streets safer. One tactic that appears to be showing promise is Vision Zero. The program was implemented in 2014. Since then, the number of deaths in auto accidents has reduced across the city except for Staten Island. However, 2017 has been a better year for the borough than it was in the previous two.

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