The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released the results of a study regarding the use of hands-free devices. While highly believed to be a safe alternative to texting, this study proves otherwise.
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 do not ever leave the steering wheel and their eyes never leave the road. Hands-free is not brain free – the mental distraction is severe enough to be dangerous and to increase the likelihood of becoming involved in an auto accident.
If you have already been involved in a crash, then you should talk to a Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton about the possibility that the other driver may have been driving distracted at the time of the accident. Cell phone records and other data can easily be obtained after an accident to help prove that the other driver was distracted at the time of the wreck, which could be a crucial piece of evidence in regards to your claim.
Even if you have not been involved in a collision, it is important to try to prevent a crash from occurring. The safest thing to do is not use a cell phone while driving.Twenty-seven seconds is a very long time to have your mind off driving safely.
For a free consultation, please call a Citrus County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online.