New driver-assist features in cars are often promoted as increasing safety, but people in Illinois may be surprised to find out that something different is happening. The numbers show that in some cases, new technology is actually making people more careless behind the wheel. This technology is affecting drivers in a few very unexpected ways.
The interaction between people and machines
One of the biggest factors in car accidents is the behavior of the driver. If a driver is distracted by the radio, a screen or a conversation, that can make them more likely to be involved in an accident. In some ways, the new role of technology in driving is affecting the amount of attention that drivers pay to the road.
When it comes to driver-assist technology, consider something like cruise control. People are instructed to always keep their hands on the steering wheel when using this feature. However, research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that drivers don’t really take that to heart. When drivers in the study got a new car, they were very attentive. Once they had driven it for a few weeks, they started to let their attention slip. They started to rely on the features in an inappropriate way.
Drivers also decide how much attention to pay based on how many hazards they perceive in an area. On the open highway, they expect little will go wrong and let their minds start to wander. In crowded city conditions, drivers will pay more attention because there are more people and things around.
Getting hurt by a distracted driver
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it may be helpful to contact a lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to help you pursue a lawsuit against an inattentive driver. Damages you receive might help with medical bills and lost wages. Call The Fakhouri Firm at (312) 999-9990 for your free consultation today!