Hardly a week goes by when you don’t hear or read about a tragic accident caused by a distracted driver. More often than not, the distraction is almost always the phone. But recently a growing trend shows that the car itself is starting to lead as a distraction.
Cars today include touch screens that give you access to internet radio, stocks, weather, phone calls, emails, navigation, and even text messages. This sounds like a recipe for disaster. And lately, it has been.
Question: Can manufacturers be held liable if their product is the reason for an accident? Some manufacturers are now requiring their buyers to accept a disclaimer every time they operate certain systems and even lock the system up while the vehicle is in motion. The idea is to make sure no one is abusing the amenities while on the road. The real question is, does technology in vehicles help prevent or help cause more accidents?
Likely a combination of both. Is it foreseeable that ‘technology’ could lead to distractions and accidents? Yes, of course.
Does that mean that manufacturers should NOT employ technology, for fear of liability? Absolutely not.
You cannot always engineer stupidity. Every person who gets behind the wheel has an obligation to know their vehicle and control their vehicle. If the temptations are too great, stick with the 1996 Yugo. If you can handle it, that new Tesla might just be a good fit.