Drivers turning to technology to prevent distracted driving

Distracted driving continues to be a major danger in Arizona throughout the nation. However, a survey found that most drivers are willing to use technology that's designed to stop them from becoming distracted while behind the wheel.

The survey, which was sponsored by the National Safety Council, asked 2,400 American drivers if they would use technology that blocked some calls and messages while they were driving. Around 55 percent of the survey's participants said they would not deactivate such technology if it came pre-set in their vehicles.

Groove is one of the new technologies aimed at preventing driver distractions. Developed by a Colorado-based company, the small device can be plugged beneath a car's steering wheel. Once in place, it senses when the car is turned on and tells the driver's wireless provider to block certain distracting features, such as texting and phone calls. However, it allows features like GPS navigation and music streaming to continue working. Once the driver turns off the car, the phone's messaging and call capabilities return. Meanwhile, a product called Cellcontrol allows drivers or administrators, such as parents of young drivers, to block messaging and calls while the car is in motion. The device only blocks distracting features on the driver's cellphone, letting passengers have full use of their devices.

An attorney could help the victim of a motor vehicle accident obtain a financial settlement for damages. These damages commonly include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property loss. Legal counsel could also help a family that lost a loved one in a car accident. For example, by suing the responsible driver in court, the family could obtain compensation for funeral costs, lost income and loss of companionship.

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