NHTSA Issues Device Manufacturer Guidelines to Combat Distracted Driving

Posted on behalf of The Nye Law Group on Nov 28, 2016 in Car Accidents

driver looking at cellphoneDistracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States, causing more than 1,000 injuries and eight deaths each day. Distracted driving is also one of the factors contributing to the recent increase in traffic fatalities.  

That is why regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been searching for ways to reduce distracted driving and make our roads safer.

Last week, the NHTSA released guidelines for manufacturers of aftermarket electronic devices for cars, as the use of mobile devices is one of the leading causes of distracted driving. The guidelines encourage manufacturers to develop product features that help keep drivers' eyes on the road instead of on their cellphones or other electronic devices.

For example, products could have a feature allowing them to link to vehicles' infotainment systems. The guidelines also encourage adding a simplified user interface, or driver mode, to electronic devices. These kinds of features preserve device functionality while limiting the amount of time drivers' eyes are off the road.

The NHTSA's guidelines are based on the best research available, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

You can comment on the proposed guidelines at Regulations.gov.

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving Accidents

The NHTSA advises drivers to take the following safety precautions to reduce the risk of a distracted driving crash:

  • Put electronic devices down and focus on the road.
  • If a device will be used to provide directions, program it with your destination before departing on your trip.
  • Passengers should ask drivers to put down distracting devices while driving and offer to make calls or texts for drivers.
  • Wear your seat belt to protect yourself against other distracted drivers.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, contact the car accident lawyers at The Nye Law Group for a free consultation. We may be able to obtain compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Call 855-856-4212 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form now.

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