Hands Free Cell Phones
Are hands free cell phones safer?
In recent years numerous states have enacted laws banning the use of hand-held cellular devices while driving due to the overwhelming evidence that cellular phone use while driving quadruples one’s risk of being involved in an accident. Today, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic collisions worldwide, and cellular phone use is one of the largest culprits behind distracted driving and motor vehicle collisions.
What is distracted driving? Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes the driver’s eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or their mind of the primary task of driving. Initially, it was thought that using a hands-free device would make cellular phone use much safer while driving, and as a result it would drastically reduce the incidence of crashes; however, there has been little scientific evidence to support that theory. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, we urge you to contact a Miami personal injury lawyer from Klemick & Gampel, P.A.
According to research, talking on a cellular phone, whether it’s hands-free or not consumes 39% of the brain’s energy that would ordinarily be devoted to safe driving. Studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. (University of Utah)
Defending Victims of Distracted Driving
Although people think that using hands-free cell phones or devices is safer, studies have proved otherwise. The problem with using a cell phone is not only dialing numbers on the keypad, but it’s the conversation that takes the driver’s mind off the task of driving. In studies where using a cell phone quadrupled the risk of being in a car accident, hands-free devices didn’t prove to have any mitigating effect. Just because someone is using a hands-free device, it doesn’t stop them from picking up the phone to see whose calling or punching numbers in the keypad.
At Klemick and Gampel, P.A., we have more than 95 years combined experience in the field of personal injury law. In our years in practice, we have handled countless car accident cases involving distracted drivers and drivers using both hand-held and hands-free cellular devices. If you were involved in a car accident and the person responsible was using a hands-free device during at the time of the crash, we would like to help. Please contact us today to learn more about filing a personal injury claim. Contact a Miami car accident attorney if you were injured by a driver using a hands-free device.