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New tools could reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving is a significant problem on roads in Georgia and throughout the country. Each year, it causes $40 million in economic losses, and cellphone use is the most common distraction that drivers encounter. However, other distractions exist such as rubbernecking, changing a radio station or talking to a passenger. According to a 2016 study, 60% of respondents said that they had used a cellphone while driving at least one time.

Artificial intelligence may be able to solve many problems that can lead to distracted driving. For example, AI could monitor a driver to determine if he or she is experiencing cognitive issues while driving. This could occur if a driver was impaired or was too tired to operate a motor vehicle. An artificial intelligence system may also be able to create a warning that people would react to as intended.

Current warning systems can sometimes come across as annoying or otherwise not worth paying attention to. New warning systems and other tools could find their way into new vehicles if they prove to be successful. By the end of 2020, cars must be fitted with emergency braking systems as well as forward-collision warning systems. This rule applies to all vehicles operated in the United States and the European Union.

Those who experience a personal injury or other damages in a car accident may be entitled to compensation. This may come as the result of a negotiated settlement or a jury award. An attorney may help an injured victim show that he or she was hurt by a person who was acting in a negligent manner. For instance, a driver statement might indicate that he or she was too tired to drive or was eating something when an accident took place.

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