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Another reason distracted driving may keep increasing

Connecticut residents know that there is no shortage of distractions for drivers on the roads today. We've had radios in our cars for decades, but now the distraction of smartphones has taken over as the most pressing concern. States throughout the country have attempted to enact laws that would police the dangerous activity of using smartphones while driving.

But, even as the danger of distracted driving is becoming more well-known, it appears that one major American automobile company has decided to take technology inside their cars to the next level: in-car shopping. Now, besides being distracted by their smartphones, drivers of GM automobiles could potentially be distracted by the "infotainment" centers in their cars - shopping instead of focusing on driving.

We all lead busy lives, but there are some who are concerned that this new in-car feature may be just a bit too much of a distraction, for the sake of saving some time. The in-car shopping technology would reportedly allow drivers to place orders - and pay - for orders at restaurants and gas stations before they even arrive at the locations.

It took decades for the car accidents statistics to start to trend downwards. But, as previous posts here have mentioned, in recent years that trend has been reversed, with the statistics depicting an increase in car accident injuries and fatalities. One more distraction, like in-car shopping, is not what we need. For any Connecticut resident who has been injured in a distracted driving accident, it is important to explore your legal rights to potential financial compensation.

Source:, "GM's New In-Car Marketplace Could Lead to More Distracted Driving," Kirby Garlitos, Dec. 9, 2017

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