In New York and across the nation, distracted driving is a continuing problem that causes injuries with accidents and fatalities. At first glance, people will associate being a distracted driver with texting and driving and activities with cellphones. However, there are other factors that can lead to drivers being distracted. Ironically, one that is becoming more prevalent might be technology designed to make driving safer. When collisions have happened, this can be an important part of pursuing compensation in a legal filing.
According to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, technology that is increasingly common, like adaptive cruise control and lane assist, are leading to distractions for drivers. Since these advancements are standard in many newer vehicles, it is a concern. If the driver is familiar with these advancements, known as "advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS)," they tend to be complacent and place too great an emphasis on the system. Those who know how to use them have twice the chance to be distracted behind the wheel than those who are unfamiliar with them.