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Reducing Distracted Driving with Fonts

Using Different Fonts to Help with DistractionCan One Small Change Impact Distracted Driving Crash Rates?

Distracted driving continues to be a major problem facing the U.S. In 2011, distracted driving accounted for over 3,000 fatalities and 387,000 injuries. Texting and surfing the web have been common causes contributing to an increase in distracted driving accidents. Dealing with distracted driving has become more difficult in recent years. Government agencies and private research companies are now trying to find innovative ways to decrease crash rates.
A recent research study assessing the role of fonts in car navigation screens seems to hold promise for mitigation crash rates for the future. There may be no way to fully prevent people from texting or surfing news headlines on a smartphone while on the road apart from the force of law or the occasional traffic ticket. The Washington Post recently published an article discussing another innovative method being studied to mitigate distracted driving rates. The article discussed how the typeface design firm, Monotype, has taken up the task of conducting scientific research on fonts that are most visible to the human eye to diminish distracted driving. The design firm anticipates that car manufacturers will soon be launching vehicles with navigation screens and touch screens that mirror a MacBook Pro.
After extensive research, the firm has found that the “humanist genre” of fonts tends to decrease distraction time over a course of 50 feet at highway speeds.Time will only tell whether changing fonts on a navigation screen can actually impact crash rates due to distracted driving. Unfortunately, distracted driving is now a way of life in Illinois and the greater U.S. Victims in car crashes are the ones who suffer from intentional behaviors like texting, surfing the web and chatting on smartphones.

The Growing Epidemic of Distracted Driving in Illinois

In 2009, Illinois made a commitment to combat common distracted driving behaviors through its strategic highway safety plan. In a research study put forth by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the study also articulated that states like Illinois face great obstacles even after committing to prevention of distracted driving. Specifically, Illinois’ faces a lack of funding for enforcement in the area of distracted driving. This means that the state may not have the personnel or programs available to “police” texting and driving on the road. As a result, drivers may feel that they can engage in texting and driving without receiving a ticket or facing other penalties.

While the development of new fonts is intriguing for its ability to mitigate the harmful effects of distracted driving, it can also serve to help refocus efforts to combat distracted driving. Many states have only recently implemented laws aimed at curbing distracted driving behaviors, and it may be time for society to engage in a broader discussion of how to enforce these laws.

Current Distracted Driving Laws in Illinois

On January 1, 2014, Illinois passed a law prohibiting the complete use of hand-held cellphones while driving. The ban applies to young people, school bus drivers and all other drivers on the road. Even though crashes resulting from distracted driving have remained relatively the same in the past three years, it seems that this law may finally help promote a significant dip in distracted driving crash rates.

When one texts while driving on the road, he or she is engaging in a negligent act that can cause serious injuries to other drivers on the road. Illinois residents who are involved in accidents due to the distracted driving of others may have a valid negligence claim and may be able to receive compensation.

Illinois laws currently allow a victim to verify the phone records of the original driver. If law enforcement or the victim suspects that distracted driving was the cause of the accident, phone records can serve as evidence to support this notion. If one has been injured and proceeds to file a negligence claim, this evidence may be admissible in a court of law.

Learn More About Distracted Driving with Help from Illinois Auto Accident Lawyers

If you want to learn more about the growing epidemic of distracted driving in Illinois, auto accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help you understand your legal rights. As law enforcement continues to strive to learn how to effectively enforce the Illinois’ hand-held cellphone and driving ban, there are numerous people still being injured in auto accidents resulting from distracted driving. Changing the fonts of navigation screens will likely only have a minor impact on distracted driving crash rates throughout the U.S. Drivers will continue to engage in distracted driving, and it is important that injured victims assert their legal rights in a court of law.