Distracted Driving and Hands-free Devices
During Distracted Driving Awareness month, the National Safety Council (NSC) is reminding drivers that while the use of hands-free devices may lead you to believe that using a hands-free device while driving is safer, NSC warns that hands-free devices give drivers a false sense of security.
According to the National Safety Council, there are essentially three things required for driving: Eyes on the road, Hands on the wheel and Mind on driving. While many people try to multitask throughout the day, when driving, multitasking is not an option. Just because car manufacturers have created dashboards with hands-free technology this does not make it safe. This new technology can actually be more distracting while behind the wheel. It is very hard for our brains to multitask, and when we are busy concentrating on one thing, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what is going on around them. Per the National Safety Council, there are five multitasking myths:
- Myth #1 – Drivers can multitask
- Myth #2 – Talking on a cell phone is just like speaking to a passenger
- Myth # 3 – Speaking hands-free is safe to use while driving
- Myth #4 – I only use my cell phone at stop lights so it’s ok
- Myth #5 – Voice-to-text is safe to do while driving To learn more about these myths versus reality visit The Great Multitasking Lie.
Distracted Driving Facts (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- 3,477 lives were lost and 391,000 people were injured in 2015 alone due to distracted driving
- Approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving during the daytime
- Teens are the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes
Driving takes focus and using hands-free devices such as earpieces, head sets, speakerphones or dashboard systems do not reduce the distraction of carrying on a conversation while driving. Distracted driving causes thousands of injuries and fatalities each year. Take the Focused Driver Challenge with the National Safety Council and pledge to drive cell free.
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As hands-free devices and driving become a national problem, the chances of being a victim to a distracted driving car accident increase. If you or someone you know has been injured by the carelessness of another driver it is important to seek legal help. The car accident attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 50 years of experience with personal injury cases. Call us today for a free consultation.