Distracted driving has long been a problem on Oklahoma highways dating back to the days of AM radio. The installation of radio in vehicles was seen as a major improvement at the time. Today it has morphed into cellphone use while driving, including “hands-free” devices installed in many modern vehicles. And beyond this technological enhancement for vehicles, video equipment for those not driving is also a commonly added feature or installed component. And, even though many states have taken steps to stop the practice of texting or using a cellphone while driving, the use of other perceived safe technology has further exacerbated the problem.
Even when communication devices are situated in the dashboard of a vehicle, drivers will often need to move to the device to adjust the volume or some setting. A need to turn off a device can create a scenario where the driver takes their eyes off of the road, which can result in car accidents in certain instances.
Drivers should always be focused on keeping their eyes on the road, which can be difficult when video devices are being used in a car or truck. It only takes a moment’s notice for a crash to occur or even a single car off-road accident, and a video game or video player can provide just such a distraction.
Oklahoma attorneys who represent victims of car accidents advise that all drivers should pay close attention visually and tune out audio distractions while negotiating traffic. Even individuals talking to each other or talking on a cell phone while someone else is driving can result in an accident due to confusion created by multiple individuals who may be using technological devices at the time.
Studies have shown that the best practice for drivers is shutting off all communicative devices in their vehicle while it is in motion. According to the law, the driver is responsible for activity inside the vehicle as well as its movement. Likewise, those who are riding should respect the need for the driver to concentrate and keep discussions down to a minimum when possible.