Is New Car Technology Creating Dangerous Drivers?

By Peter DePaolis

Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) says that distracted driving causes approximately 500,000 injuries every year, automakers are creating new ways to occupy drivers’ attention behind the wheel. Ford unveiled its updated Sync system earlier this month at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

The hands-free system allows drivers to change radio stations with their voices and push a button to listen to a text message, among other features. A Ford spokesperson said that hands-free systems like Sync are safer ways to do things that drivers are going to do anyway. Nevertheless, safety experts question whether hands-free is any safer.

The USDOT cautions that using hands-free systems causes drivers to miss visual and audio cues much like hands-on use does. A person’s mind is only capable of focusing on a certain number of things at once, added the agency spokesperson. Regardless, the auto industry spokesperson said drivers are asking for the new technology and that automakers can provide it while maintaining safety standards.

The USDOT hopes to end texting and cell phone use behind the wheel and uses its website,, to keep people informed of its efforts. Have you suffered injuries in a car accident because someone was distracted by a hands-free device? Don’t delay; contact our experienced team of attorneys today.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.