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Think Hands-Free Technology is Safe While Driving? Think Again!
“Using hands-free voice commands to dial, send a text or change the radio station can create an unsafe mental distraction for up to 27 seconds.” – AAA
There is no disputing the serious safety risks created by motorists talking or texting on cell phones while driving. Distracted driving accounts for nearly 20% of all injury or fatality related auto accidents. Because of the proven risks posed by cell phone use while driving, many states have enacted laws prohibiting texting while driving, talking on the cell phone while driving or both. While an important step in the effort to combat distracted driving, most motorists can testify to the fact that these laws have done little to curb the willingness of drivers to use their cell phones while on the roadways.
In an ever connected world, auto makers began implementing hands-free technology into vehicles. On the surface, this hands-free technology seemed like a logical approach to combating the safety issues created by distracted driving. Over the years, hands-free technology has become more common and most auto manufacturers are now offering it in their vehicles, making it accessible to more and more drivers. There’s one question. Does hands-free technology really reduce the chances of distracted driving? According to a new AAA research study, the answer is a resounding NO.
According to AAA, using voice commands to dial, send a text or change the radio station can create an unsafe mental distraction for up to 27 seconds. The research shows that even if the driver’s eyes are on the road and hands are on the wheel, the mental distraction created by using the hands-free technology slow the driver’s ability to react to other motorists, roadway conditions or pedestrians. At 25 mph, a mentally distracted driver will travel the equivalent of three football fields in 27 seconds, without being able to mentally focus on the roadway. While some hands-free technology performed better than others, creating a shorter distraction period, it should be noted that all hands-free devices created an unsafe mental distraction.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, you could be the victim of a distracted driver. The lawyers of Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. may be able to help. Our law firm offers no cost initial consultations. We also take all injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you owe absolutely no attorney’s fees unless we settle your case or win a favorable judgment in court. For a no cost initial consultation to review your case, call us today at 877-951-1800 or fill out our contact form. We’re waiting to help YOU.