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Are big display screens a distracted driving risk?

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2021 | Car Accidents

The infotainment era of commuting is arriving in bigger and bolder ways. Mercedes-Benz recently garnered a great deal of attention for its massive 56-inch digital display. The vehicle display screen might be larger than the entertainment setups people have in their Colorado homes. Not everyone welcomes the arrival of “big screen” driving, however. If talking on a hands-free phone comes with distraction risks, a massive visual display could create worse troubles.

Information and entertainment bring with them distraction risks

Drivers could make things safer for themselves and others by paying strict attention to traffic and the road. Even a minor distraction, such as turning to speak to a passenger, could lead to missing a red light and entering an intersection. Excuses won’t likely serve as a valid defense since they may not disprove negligence.

Hands-free smartphone integration that accesses a GPS or loads a podcast might not cause problems. However, being too enamored with a grand display screen may drive distractions up tremendously.

Industry experts worry that the number of large display screens might increase. Several manufacturers might attempt to offer this perk with their new vehicles. The growth of outrageous vehicle infotainment could lead to more distracted driving accidents.

Distracted driving and negligence

A driver has a responsibility to operate a vehicle safely. Traffic rules exist to address speeding, reckless driving, drunk driving and other issues. An infotainment system’s presence doesn’t automatically violate laws, but individuals who embrace the system’s potential distractions may find themselves in a car accident and subsequent liability suit.

A crash could result in wrongful death, and punitive damages may accompany the accident. The resulting lawsuit could seek damages beyond what the driver’s insurance policy covers. Ultimately, drivers may wish to think about the dangers and risks facing themselves and others when embracing technology that comes with potential distractions. Attention belongs directed at safe driving and not tech perks.

Individuals hurt in a motor vehicle accident might have a strong case if they are able to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence. Discussing the accident with a personal injury lawyer may provide clarity.

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