A recent study found that many of the features that come in newer vehicles may actually lead to a higher chance of car accident. This is because drivers who use things like automatic braking and adaptive cruise control may have a false sense of security about their likelihood of being involved in a personal injury incident. Studies find that these drivers are twice as likely to engage in distracted behavior while behind the wheel.
In fact, the more comfortable a Louisiana driver becomes with these features, the more likely it is he or she will become comfortable with dangerous habits behind the wheel. Texting and other forms of phone use are the common types of distracted driving, but other risky actions can include talking with a passenger, adjusting the radio, eating or taking eyes off the road for any reason. Even with safety features engaged, one moment of distraction can have devastating consequences.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over reliance on safety features can place motorists in dangerous situations. Thousands of people die in distracted driving accidents every year, and even more suffer injuries. This is because drivers, despite knowing the risks of distraction, overestimate their ability to safely multitask.
If a Louisiana motorist suffers harm because another driver chose to drive while distracted, it could be grounds for a personal injury claim. Victims of distracted driving accidents do not have to suffer in silence, but instead, they can seek compensation for their financial losses and other damages. Through the civil justice system, it is possible to hold parties deemed responsible fully accountable.