Cruise control is a convenient feature to have on an automobile, particularly for people who have to drive long distances. Unfortunately, according to the AAA Foundation, utilizing this convenience may increase one’s chances of being involved in a car accident. Why? It causes more drivers in New York and elsewhere to operate their vehicles while distracted.
According to a recently published report, those who use cruise control are more likely to disengage while driving. This simply means that they do not pay as great attention to the road as they should. They are seen texting or doing other things instead of focusing on the most important task at hand. It is not just cruise control that is the problem. All advanced driver assist devices seem to be contributing to the number of distracted drivers on the road.
Studies show that those individuals who use these vehicle features, and have used them for some time, are twice as likely to be distracted while driving. They simply put too much trust in their vehicle’s technology. The AAA wants to make sure people keep in mind that technology can fail. It is up to the driver to remain engaged at all times, even if driving a smart vehicle.
On-board computer systems can show if a person was using cruise control or other advanced lane assist devices when involved in a car accident. Victims of distracted driving-related collisions in New York may find that this information is worth looking into if they desire to seek compensation for their losses. It could help them prove their case and achieve maximum relief. Legal counsel will know what questions to ask and where to look for the information needed in order to determine if filing civil claims in an effort to seek relief is appropriate.