Distracted Driving: Is Hands-Free Enough?

February 2015
woman distracted while driving while using cell phone in sioux city

Most people are now aware that distracted driving, such as texting behind the wheel, is an increasingly prevalent danger on the roads. In response, many manufacturers and auto makers have developed hands-free devices that purport to decrease distractions in the driver’s seat. Despite their claims of enhanced safety, however, statistics show that hands-free technology doesn’t make a dent in distracted driving.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), recent statistics reveal that approximately 80 percent of drivers believe that hands-free mobile phones are safer than handheld models. Unfortunately, these drivers are wrong. The NSC also reports that an analysis of more than 30 studies shows that hands-free devices don’t result in fewer distractions. In an analysis of 180 fatal accidents between 2009 and 2011, the NSC stated that over half of the crashes involved cell phone use.

Additionally, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study that examined the driving habits of teenagers. In 12 percent of the teen crashes analyzed, drivers were talking on a cell phone.

Reducing the Distracted Driving Risk

Most people lead busy lives, and it’s easy to indulge the temptation to multitask behind the wheel. If you drive distracted, however, you could cause an accident that results in serious personal injuries or even death. Consumer Reports offers the following tips to reduce driving distractions.

Turn Off Your Phone

If you’re receiving alerts, texts, and other notifications on your phone as you drive, you may glance at them without even thinking about it. Remove the temptation by turning your phone off before you start your vehicle.

Know Your Route

Program your GPS before you leave rather than mapping out your destination as you drive.

Avoid the Drive Thru

Eating behind the wheel can lead to an accident. Holding a drink or a burger while you drive slows your reaction time and compromises your ability to control your vehicle in the event of a near-accident or collision.

Groom at Home

We’ve all seen someone using a car’s visor mirror to shave or apply makeup. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can lead to an accident. Your safety is more important than a close shave.

Iowa Personal Injury Law Firm

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Contact Attorney Ed Keane today at (712) 234-3088 to discuss your case.

This website has been prepared by Keane Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.