Distracted driving continues to be a major public health problem and a leading cause of accidents throughout the United States, even though the dangers of distracted driving are well-known. Distracted driving can occur whenever motorists pay attention to things like phones or in-vehicle infotainment systems, but can also happen if drivers are daydreaming or talking to passengers or paying attention to music.
Unfortunately, far too many motorists discount the very real risks of distracted driving and they engage in behaviors that can cause crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released proposed guidelines to try to tackle this issue. These new guidelines will join a long list of efforts made by advocacy groups at preventing driver distraction.
Ultimately, drivers must be responsible for making safe decisions and not driving while distracted. If a motorist fails to follow the rules and makes the choice to get behind the wheel and focus on something besides the road, that driver should be held accountable. An Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer should be consulted to provide assistance to collision victims and their families harmed by a driver’s failure to focus.
New Atlanta Distracted Driving Accident Prevention Efforts
The NHTSA’s new guidelines are the second phase of voluntary guidelines aimed at distracted driving prevention. The first set of guidelines is focused on infotainment systems and electronic devices which are built into cars. The new guidelines are designed to encourage manufacturers of portable electronic devices and aftermarket electronic devices to implement distracted driving prevention technology.
One of the things the new guidelines encourage is for aftermarket device manufacturers to design products that allow for pairing. Pairing happens when the portable electronic device can be linked to the in-vehicle infotainment system so it can be operated hands-free. While hands-free devices are still not safe, at least a motorist is able to keep his hands on the wheel while using the device.
NHTSA is also encouraging manufacturers of after-market electronic devices to include Driver Modes, which consist of simplified user interfaces so drivers do not spend as much time manipulating their electronic devices. The goal is for the device to be faster and easier to use so drivers won’t have their eyes off the road for as long of a period of time.
Of course, it would be best for drivers to just not use in-vehicle electronic devices or aftermarket electronic devices while driving, because using any of these devices is always going to affect driving ability. Still, NHTSA recognizes that this is not realistic because people keep using their devices, so the agency is trying to make a realistic plan for reducing this behavior. However, if drivers use these devices, even if the devices have been made safer, these distracted drivers still need to be held accountable by accident victims if they cause a crash to occur when they aren’t focused on the road.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at 404-991-5950 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.