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Officer may have been distracted by screen before accident

New lines of cars contain media consoles, docks for cellphones and other means to inform and comfort drivers at rates never seen before in the auto industry. But the issue with these features is that it is also easier than ever for drivers to be distracted from the road, where their attention should always be while a car is in motion.

A police department in a North Carolina city reported that one of their officers was involved in a collision with another car after he checked his in-car computer. The interaction with a screen led the officer to fail to notice stopped traffic in front of him, and he struck the car in front of him while traveling around 35 miles per hour. Both cars in the collision were damaged with costs in the thousands.

The police department's spokesperson said the officer would go through the department's investigation process for such an incident, which often includes an evaluation by a safety committee. The officer was reported as on medical leave after the crash.

Post-accident review and training measures are designed to reduce the likelihood of repeat accidents by inculcating the importance of avoiding distractions. Accidents caused by negligent drivers have injured or even killed people on the road.

Victims of car accidents involving distracted driving or other at-fault causes may have a case for financial restitution and other monetary needs for recovery. A lawyer can help victims and those close to them to determine the best way forward from a car accident. No one should have to deal with the consequences alone.

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