Are hands-free cell phones safer?

using_phone_headsetUnfortunately, no. More than 30 studies have shown that contrary to popular belief, using a hands-free cell phone device while driving isn't safer than using a hand-held cell phone.

In some cases, using a hands-free device may be even more hazardous, according to a 2013 simulation study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah and issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The study found that using a hands-free device gives drivers a false sense of security, leading many to believe they've chosen a safer option, even though the available data paints an entirely different picture.

The results of the University of Utah's simulation study also showed that drivers who used a cell phone behind the wheel made a number of potentially dangerous driving mistakes, such as braking too slow or running red lights and stop signs. They were also involved in more accidents, regardless of whether they were talking on a hand-held or hands-free device.

Driving safely requires keeping eyes on the road, both hands on the wheel, and mental focus on the task at hand: piloting the vehicle. According to the National Safety Council, hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as hand-held cell phones because, even though drivers have their hands on the wheel, they aren't concentrating on the road. This can slow reaction times and make drivers less vigilant with safe driving behaviors.

Do You Need an Experienced Car Accident Attorney?

Did you sustain a serious injury in an accident caused by a driver who was talking on a hands-free or hand-held cell phone device at the time of the crash? If so, you're not alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 400,000 people are injured in distracted driving accidents each year.

The knowledgeable and experienced legal team with McGartland Law can help injury victims like you pursue the compensation they need and deserve after an accident. Contact McGartland Law today to schedule a free initial consultation with no obligation.