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Can 'infotainment' systems lead to distracted drivers?

Our readers in Louisiana have probably seen many media reports that decry the distraction that cellphones present for drivers on the roads of our state and throughout the country. Distracted driving seems to be a societal plague that is getting worse, not better. Just take a glance at any driver you see behind the wheel and you may see that person staring at their phone instead of paying full attention to the task of driving.

But, is there another distraction that may be drawing drivers' attention away from the road? As a recent article noted, a person's vehicle may actually present just as much of a potential distraction as a person's cellphone. Why? Because the latest models of many different types of vehicles are starting to integrate with the same technology that is available on cellphones, all with nice, bright, shiny, attractive displays right there on the dashboard.

Everyone appreciates advancements in technology that make our lives better and more enjoyable, but there are likely to be many people, as the recent article noted, who see these "infotainment" centers in new vehicles as just another "toy" to distract drivers from their primary tasks of staying in their lanes, braking when they are supposed to and, in general, watching out for other drivers who may not be as attentive to the task of driving.

No one expects to be involved in a car accident -- certainly not one that will result in serious injuries. But, it seems like distracted driving is causing more car accidents than ever before. Any Louisiana residents who have been injured in such a crash may have personal injury legal options to explore.

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