There are three types of distractions: manual, visual and cognitive. Drivers in Connecticut should know that they are susceptible to all three and that even simple tasks like changing the radio station can constitute a distraction. Distracted driving is unsafe and contributes to numerous accidents. In fact, such accidents kill an average of nine people and injure 100 every day in this country.

In the effort to curb distracted driving, automakers have developed visual monitoring systems for car interiors. Not only that, but many are now looking to artificial intelligence to improve the cameras and sensors that form these systems. Deep learning and advances in computer vision technology and algorithms hold much potential.

Cameras and sensors can tell when a driver is distracted, but with AI, the system may even be able to predict a driver’s behaviors. The new tech would also build use cases that help carmakers better understand the many sources of distraction. A system may be developed that takes control of the vehicle’s brakes and steering wheel to prevent a distracted driver from crashing.

With AI, carmakers are also pondering ways to keep alerts from becoming nothing more than background noise. For instance, the radio could be turned off to let the alert come through the speakers.

Distractions are behind many car & truck accidents. Distracted driving may, in fact, be underreported because it’s easy to lie about it in some cases. Those who were injured at the hands of a distracted driver might want to see a lawyer about filing a personal injury claim. Plaintiffs in Connecticut can recover damages even if they were 50% at fault, but actually receiving a fair settlement is another matter. The lawyer may handle all negotiations with the auto insurance companies and litigate if a settlement isn’t achieved.