CBS Denver reports that the United States Department of Transportation is seeking voluntary limits on how the use of touchscreens on built in devices in new cars. Many late model automobiles come with touchscreen sound systems, GPS units, and other devices built into the dash. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, along with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator David Strickland, has proposed a set of voluntary guidelines for auto manufacturers to try to limit the amount of distraction caused by these devices. The guidelines suggest that manufacturers set a limit on the number of touches it would take to accomplish any task, as well as the number of times a screen can be touched within a certain time frame.
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Touchscreen devices, while they are the latest, trendiest advancement in technology, are considered by some to be less safe than devices with knobs and buttons. Where a driver can learn to operate the controls on an older sound system by touch, it is very difficult to do with a touchscreen without looking at the screen, and taking ones eyes away from the road. Over 3,000 people were killed in car wrecks across the country involving distracted drivers in 2011. In some of these cases, drivers even faced criminal charges, and needed a Denver criminal defense attorney. While there are many factors that lead to driver distraction, it doesn’t make much sense to have built-in features of a car that require the driver to look away from the road.
Contact an experienced Denver distracted driving accident lawyer today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in distracted driving car accident. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for property damage, present and future medical bills, and lost wages relating to the accident. You may also be entitled to pain and suffering if your injuries affect your quality of life over the long term. Many Colorado personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay them a fee only after they successfully recover money for you. For more information, speak with a dedicated Denver personal injury lawyer today.