Distracted drivers enhance risk of car accident compensation claims

Date: Jan 11, 2016

Car accidents can happen at any speed, at any time and in any location where there are vehicles and hazards. Hundreds of people lose their lives on the roads every year in NSW alone and thousands more are injured, reinforcing the need for drivers to stay vigilant where possible. 

It's important that people involved in a car crash pursue accident compensation as these events can result in significant injuries for those involved. Not only can injuries sustained in a car crash prevent a person from returning to work, the long-term psychological and physical effects and greatly impact a person's quality of life for years to come. 

There are a number of variables that can affect a driver's ability to focus on the task at hand. While the negative effects of alcohol and drugs on driving ability is well-documented and easy for authorities to detect, general distractions can be much harder to manage – but have consequences that are just as deadly. 

NSW government moves to limit driver distractions

When people are behind the wheel of a vehicle of any sort, it's important they are able to focus their full attention on the road. This means drivers need to limit both internal and external distractions. While it may be easy for people to avoid picking up a ringing cell phone, environmental factors can pose greater challenges. 

The NSW government has noted that, in many cases, the series of advertisements dotting various highways and road passages around the state pose a significant danger to road users. 

At this stage, the government's proposal is targeting both electronic signage and other outdoor advertising in major transport corridors throughout NSW. 

The changing nature of the technology has prompted the review, with the government noting that electronic signs in particular are posing a challenge to current regulations. 

Safety tech also set to advance

Once new technology from automotive parts provider Harman hits the shelves, drivers will have even more support in their battle to remain focussed on the road. 

The company is pioneering the world's first system that is able to monitor pupil activity in drivers and can detect when they are distracted or under significant mental stress, with the ultimate aim of using these systems to reduce accident rates. 

The lawyers at Gerard Malouf and Partners operate on a no win no fee basis. Contact them today to find out how they can help. 

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