UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA – A new study published by researchers at the University of Alabama in August has found that just as many drivers using hands-free electronic devices were involved in car accidents in Alabama as those using devices without hands-free capability. According to their evaluation of over one hundred college students, there was no statistically significant difference in car accident risk between those who used hands-free devices and those who did not.
The researchers did find, however, that drivers who did use hands-free devices were issued fewer traffic tickets than those using regular, hand-held cell phones. While researchers speculated that drivers who spent the time and money on hands-free devices may have been more cautious drivers to begin with, it is possible that some students traveling home to Montgomery may have been hit by the Montgomery’s recent ban on texting while driving.
This research comes along with other evidence this fall that car accident injuries caused by distracted driving are increasing. The American Journal of Public Health last month reported a 28% increase in car accident deaths resulting from cell phone use or texting while driving between 2005 and 2008.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident because of a distracted driver, please contact the Alabama car accident attorneys of Long & Long today to find out about your legal right to fair compensation.