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Older drivers are increasingly distracted by infotainment

On Behalf of | May 13, 2021 | Car Accidents

In West Virginia and throughout the United States, technological advancements are a growing part of motor vehicle development. While this is intended to make driving safer and easier, much is still unknown about how it might impact drivers and their ability to concentrate. Although most believe distracted driving is connected to cellphone use, people can be distracted in other ways. When there is an auto accident, it is important to understand what might have contributed to it as this can be critical when weighing options.

Older drivers worryingly distracted by infotainment

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, infotainment has its benefits. However, in its relative infancy, it is increasing distraction for drivers between the ages of 55 and 75 more than it is for younger drivers. Researchers found that older drivers took eight seconds longer to complete various functions. Statistically, when drivers remove their eyes from the road for two seconds, it makes an accident twice as likely.

This problem is expected to worsen with the rising number of older people on the road. By 2030, 20% of drivers are expected to be over 65. The study was conducted by AAA with the University of Utah. In it, drivers performed various tasks including sending text messages, changing the radio, using GPS and making phone calls. All drivers were distracted to a degree, but older drivers were significantly effected. It took longer to finish the tasks and their response times were slower, setting the stage for car crashes.

Professional assistance may be helpful after a distracted driver crash

This technology is still relatively new and it can be complicated. As developers alter their design to better accommodate older drivers, it is possible that the safety challenges will dissipate. Still, distraction remains one of the primary causes of auto crashes with injuries and death. People can miss time at work, accrue major medical expenses and be unsure of what to do after injuries suffered in a collision. Determining how it happened can be essential and having attentive and caring legal advice is a wise first step.