California law requires that cellphones cannot be used while driving unless a hands-free device is used. But is this really as safe as many people believe? At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we want to see the number of car accidents drop to zero and it is looking more and more likely that hands-free devices are actually causing more accidents then they are preventing.
Keep reading to learn more about this controversy and the evidence behind it. If you have been injured in a car accident in which someone else was at fault, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation at your earliest convenience.
It is True that Manually Using a Device While Driving is More Dangerous
Before discussing the reasons that using a hands-free device while driving can be so dangerous, we want to make clear that manually using a phone to text or call someone is still much more dangerous. This is because manually using a phone requires three types of distraction: Visual distraction, manual distraction, and cognitive distraction. While the ideal is that you will not use technology while driving, whether hands-free or otherwise, hands-free devices are still not as dangerous as using your phone manually.
The Experts Are in Agreeance: It is Not Safe to Multitask When Driving
The National Safety Council has studied the problem and found that talking a on a phone or using a voice to text feature both reduce the driver’s ability to process moving images by as much as 33%. This is a significant impairment that can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
The CEO and Foundation President of AAA agrees. He says that the additional mental workload and distractions that occur when using a hands-free device can result in tunnel vision. It can also lead to inattention blindness. Either way, the driver may not be able to see potential hazards that are right in front of them. They may not be able to react as quickly when they are paying attention to what is happening on the phone.
The bottom line is that just because the hands are free does not mean that the mind is free. There is a reason that drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to use any devices while driving – even hands-free devices: It isn’t safe. It isn’t safe for them and it isn’t safe for adults.
Have You Suffered an Injury in a Car Accident?
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, whether it was the result of distracted driving or something else entirely, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for your free legal case evaluation. You deserve compensation for your damage and will work to get that for you.