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How technology can be distracting to drivers

Citizens of Arizona who have purchased a car in the past decade are likely aware of the excitement that comes with that new car, a big part of which comes from exploring all the gadgets and gizmos installed. If anything, people want more technology in their car: A recent survey found that more than 7 out of every 10 American adults would pay for new technology in their car whereas less than a quarter of those surveyed were already content with their current tech.

However, more technology does not mean safer cars. In fact, researchers have found that the abundance of features in a car can lead to a higher risk of getting into a car accident because said features distract the driver and pull his or her eyes away from the road. Surprisingly, out of all the features that impaired a driver's ability to handle the car, including texting and dialing their phone, the biggest culprit was the GPS navigator.

To make matters worse, manufacturers are putting features in their cars that have nothing to do with driving yet distract the driver all the same. For instance, some cars allow the driver to surf the web and browse their social media, and the user experience with these applications is reportedly so bad that drivers can't help but lose focus of the main task at hand: driving.

Even voice-controlled technologies are problematic. For one thing, the driver has to make sure that his or her commands are clear and are being heard correctly. Also, the act of giving voice commands requires the drivers to focus internally, taking away their attention from the road.

As a result of all of these distractions, it should come as no surprise that today's drivers are exposed to a higher risk of getting into a car accident that can result in someone getting hurt. Should that happen, it might be necessary to reach out to an experienced lawyer who is able to notify the injured party of their rights as well as their possible courses of action.

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