You follow the law and you’ve read the studies. You’ve heard the message: distracted driving is deadly. Accordingly, you always use your voice-activated, hands-free system when using your cell phone while driving.
A New Study Says You May Still Be Significantly Distracted
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released the results of a study about the use of hands-free devices. According to the study, it can take 27 seconds for a driver to regain full alertness after making a voice-activated command while driving. This includes all voice-activated commands—from placing a phone call to changing the radio station. These 27 seconds of distraction may occur even if the driver’s hands never leave the steering wheel and his eyes never leave the road. The mental distraction is significant enough to be dangerous and to make accidents more likely.
What This Means for You
If you have already been involved in a crash, then you should talk to your attorney about the possibility that the other driver may have been using a hands-free device at the time of the accident. Cell phone records or other data may be obtained that could help prove that the other driver was distracted at the time of the wreck and this could be relevant to your claim.
Even if you have not been in a crash, it is important to try to prevent an accident. The safest thing to do is not to use a cell phone—at all—while driving. Twenty-seven seconds is a long time to have your mind off driving safely.
Please share this blog post with your loved ones. Let them know of the risk and help keep them safe from serious or deadly distracted-driving crashes.