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Talking on a Hands-Free Device - Is It Safe?

We all know that texting and driving is dangerous and incredibly distracting, but many individuals are not aware that using a hands-free device is also dangerous. You might have seen a driver with a Bluetooth earpiece, getting chatty while stopped at a red light or stuck in traffic and, while it might seem harmless to engage in something that does not require the use of your hands, even the use of a hands-free device distracts your eyes and mind from the task at hand. In fact, some research suggests that speaking on the phone through the use of a hands-free device might even be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to a study conducted by the University of Utah, more cell phone users crash than drunk drivers and, additionally, no difference was found between the performances of those who use hands-free or hand-held devices. Other similar studies have yielded comparable results. For example, researchers at Touro University found that the level of impairment between drunk drivers and hands-free cell phone users to be almost equal.

How is it possible for the use of a hands-free device to be just as dangerous as a hand-held device or driving under the influence of alcohol? Well, studies have shown that the brain’s ability to process moving images decreases by up to a third and, even when a driver is looking at the road ahead, they tend to overlook at least half of their surroundings. Although some have said that this act is on par with talking to a passenger, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration disagrees. While both are dangerous and distracting, passengers often watch the road and can sometimes warn drivers about dangers they might overlook.

Ultimately, every driver is obligated to focus on one sole task whenever behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Anything that distracts or divides their attention from the road, their surroundings, or any other element involved in driving will pose a risk the safety of others around them.

Trusted Car Accident Attorneys in Oneonta

If you were injured by a negligent driver who was using a hands-free device or otherwise distracted, you have a right to pursue compensation. At Scarzafava & Basdekis, our Oneonta personal injury attorneys will fight for the best possible resolution for your case, so you can recover and get back on your feet. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

Contact our office today at (607) 432-9341 to speak with an attorney about your case!

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