Currently, 34 U.S. states restrict or ban drivers from using cell phones while driving. These laws include restrictions or bans on sending text messages and operating hand-held devices like phones or GPS units while driving. No laws, however, prevent drivers from using similar devices that are built into the car itself – even though these devices can be every bit as distracting as hand-held ones.
Several car companies have begun building “smart” technology into their vehicles, like Ford’s MyFord Touch or Sync systems. These systems are essentially built-in smartphones, able to respond to touch or voice commands in order to display apps or control everything from the radio to the heating or air conditioning. But there are no state or federal regulations that govern these systems, which leaves car companies to set their own rules when it comes to deciding which apps drivers should be able to access.
New regulations may be coming soon, however. In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation plans to issue guidelines for automakers to apply when trying to decide if a certain app is safe enough to include in the vehicle. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has already held several meetings with auto company executives to discuss safety issues related to in-car technology, and the Department of Transportation plans to issue specific regulations for in-car technology.
With the creation of smartphones and similar devices, distracted driving has become more common. Unfortunately, even a moment’s distraction from the road can cause serious injury. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, get in touch with the experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. For a free telephone consultation, call us at (888) 332-5855 today!