While there is the assumption that a wireless connection to your electronic devices is a safer way to use them while driving, the National Safety Council (NSC) is showing that hands-free electronic use may be more dangerous that texting.
According to the NSC, there were nearly 160,000 automobile crashes that involved texting or another form of communication from a hand-held device in 2010. While many states prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, statistics may be showing that the hands-free devices may not be any safer.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety performed a recent study showing that hands-free devices require both cognitive and auditory brain engagement and may actually distract more than the use of a hand-held device.
While drivers may have their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel, their brain is so distracted that it is a dangerous activity.
The AAA and NSC state that the best practice would be to avoid interacting with your electronics and cell phones completely while driving. If you need to take or make a call, send a text, or get directions, pull over safely first.
If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, the accident attorneys at Long & Long can help. Our Mobile, Alabama lawyers have the experience you need to help get you compensation for your injuries. Please contact us today or call us at (251) 432-2277.