In an effort to address the dangers of distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed guidelines aimed at decreasing the use of mobile and other electronic devices behind the wheel.
The NHTSA has launched phase two of its plan to encourage developers of portable and aftermarket electronic devices to create products that reduce the potential for driver distraction when used while driving.
The proposed guidelines suggest solutions such as pairing and Driver Mode that will reduce the risk of unsafe distractions for the driver by limiting the amount of time a driver’s attention is diverted from the road.
Officials within the NHTSA are committed to working with auto manufacturers to ensure that distracted driving ceases to be a large-scale problem. Through studies like the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), the NHTSA has observed that 2.2 percent of drivers in 2015 used their cellphone while driving and 3.8 percent held a phone while driving.
Drivers are encouraged to take these precautions when driving with electronic devices in order to prevent distractions:
- Do not use your cellphone while operating a vehicle and focus on the road.
- If you are using an electronic device for directions, set your destination before you begin driving.
- As a passenger, speak up when you notice a driver using an electronic device. Instead, offer to call or text for the driver so that his or her full attention is on the road.
- Always wear a seat belt. The NHTSA lists seat belts as the most effective safety device in a vehicle.
By eliminating distracting electronic or mobile devices from your vehicle, you are ensuring your safety and the well-being of other motorists around you.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident due to a distracted driver, do not hesitate to seek legal representation. The auto accident attorneys at Henness & Haight are dedicate to fighting for the rights of the injured and will help you seek maximum compensation. Through a free, no-obligation consultation, we will review your claim and determine if you have a case that entitles compensation. Our attorneys will not charge any fees unless you receive a favorable outcome.