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As new tech is developed, distracted driving may only get worse

Many West Virginia motorists have a variety of infotainment systems available to them in their vehicles. However, a study from the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that these systems can make driving extremely dangerous.

In 2017, it was estimated by the U.S. Department of Transportation that more than 37,000 people were killed in car accidents. Although this was a slight 0.8 percent decline from the 2016 estimates, it is still a 10 percent increase since 2014. While researchers have not linked the increase to either distracted driving or the introduction of smartphones, these are considered to be factors.

While it is known that mobile tech and distracted driving is a real problem, researchers are still trying to determine how a driver's attention can actually be managed. As new automobile tech continues to be introduced, such as semi-autonomous driving systems, the problem may only continue to get worse. As such, scientists are working to figure out how often the driver should actually be looking at the road and what their actual ability to detect threats is when they are splitting their attention between the road and their infotainment systems.

Even when drivers operate their vehicles in a safe manner, they are always at risk of getting involved in a car accident with a distracted driver. Because distracted drivers may fail to slow down or stop at red lights as a result of their inattention, car accident injuries could be severe. A personal injury attorney could help a crash victim seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages and other related damages.

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