Infotainment systems are becoming an increasingly more common feature in new vehicles. However, for some drivers, the infotainment system is too distracting, depending on the model, and might even contribute to an accident. If another driver caused an accident as a result of being distracted by the infotainment system, you should consider seeking compensation for your injuries.
Reasons Why Some Infotainment Systems Are Distracting
Infotainment systems can have the following problems:
- A confusing display logic
- A voice command system that doesn't function properly
- Touchpad controls that are too sensitive
- Small text that is difficult to read
Infotainment systems that have rotary-style dials are easier to use, but most car manufacturers have chosen to use pure touch-screen systems. When a motorist struggles with his display system, he might try to adjust it while his eyes are not on the road. This could lead to the motorist drifting into another lane or running a red light and colliding with your vehicle.
Distracted Driving and Your Personal Injury Claim
Distracted driving can lead to a successful personal injury claim. There is no excuse for distracted driving, and the driver must show duty of care when operating the vehicle even when he struggles to operate the infotainment system. He should pull over into a parking lot or the side of the road before trying to operate the infotainment system.
Fortunately, the courts are often not very sympathetic toward distracted drivers and are more likely to award you a settlement if you can prove that the other driver was distracted by his infotainment system. The other driver's car will likely have vehicle data that can be used to show that the driver was distracted when operating the vehicle.
However, to have access to the vehicle data, you will likely need help from a car accident attorney who will be able to subpoena the data. Then, you will be able to see the activity inside the car before the crash.
In addition to accessing vehicle records, you may also rely on witnesses. After an accident, exchange contact information with any witnesses you see if you are able to do so safely. If you were not able to exchange contact information, speak with your auto accident attorney about ways to track down witnesses. For example, the attorney may interview workers in the surrounding area who might have witnessed the accident while at work. The witnesses can then testify to having seen the driver not paying attention while driving.
To learn more, contact an auto accident lawyer.