If You Think Hands-Free Devices are Safe, You Could be Wrong
Although the use of cellular phones while driving is frowned upon, as seen through numerous public service announcements and campaigns, many people mistakenly believe that the use of hands-free devices is much safer than using a cell phone. However, studies have shown that using a hands-free device can be just as distracting and potentially dangerous as using a cell phone or other technological device while driving. Victims of distracted drivers face this danger every day in the U.S., but fortunately, some victims are awarded financial compensation for injuries caused by a distracted driver.
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was using a hands-free device at the time of the crash, it may be appropriate to consider legal action. Contact the experienced Madison car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Three Types of Distraction
There are many things that can distract drivers, but using hands-free technology to facility the use of mobile phones, music players, or other devices can result in three specific types of distraction:
- Visual distraction
- Manual distraction
- Mental distraction
Although visual and manual distraction are limited because of the “hands-free” feature, hands-free devices still often require visual and manual attention when setting the device up, such as when a person answers a phone call, turns the power on or off, or adjusts volume or screen settings. But mental distraction is the most dangerous, because drivers often do not pay adequate attention to the roadway.
Injuries in car accidents can be severe and treatment may prove to be costly. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.