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Cell phones are not the only hi-tech cause of distracted driving

There has been much focus on the part of law enforcement and advocacy groups when it comes to texting and driving and using cellular phones. While this concern is of course well-founded since texting and driving causes serious and even fatal accidents, cell phones are not the only cause of distracted driving.

In fact, according to one report, the drawback of many modern in-vehicle information systems, or IVISs, is that they tempt motorists to take their eyes and minds off the road. For those who may have not heard the term, an IVIS is the computer system many modern vehicles use to help people navigate via GPS, make hands-free phone calls, adjust the music and other features.

On average, drivers from the Millennial generation, that is, drivers between 21 and 36 years old, spent about 18 seconds adjusting their IVIS instead of paying attention to the road.

The problem was even more pronounced among older drivers, between 55 and 75, who typically spent 25.4 seconds trying to work with their IVIS. Still, many people consider the problem to be with the design of the IVIS itself and not a handicap that senior drivers face.

Still, it is not acceptable to take one's eyes off the road for several seconds at a time for any reason. Especially when one considers that even 2 seconds of inattention can double the risk for an accident, messing with an IVIS is downright dangerous behavior, perhaps even as dangerous as conventional texting and driving with a cell phone.

Drivers in Kentucky have an obligation to pay attention to the road at all times. If they fail to do so, then their victims may be entitled to file a personal injury case in order to recover compensation.

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