Distracted Driving and Hands-Free Devices

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Distracted driving is a serious problem on South Carolina and Georgia roads, causing thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths each year. One common cause of distracted driving is using electronic devices. South Carolina and Georgia prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving. However, many drivers believe that using hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth headsets or voice-activated software, is a safe alternative.

The Taylor Anderson Law Firm wants drivers to know that hands-free devices can still be a distraction and pose a risk to drivers, passengers and others on the road.

Are Hands-Free Devices Safe?

The National Safety Council reports that hands-free devices can be just as dangerous as handheld devices when it comes to distracted driving. Cognitive distractions, such as taking your mind off the road to engage in a conversation, can be just as dangerous as physical distractions, such as texting or dialing a phone number. In fact, research has shown that drivers who use hands-free devices are still four times more likely to be in an accident than those who don’t use any kind of electronic device while driving.

One reason that hands-free devices can be so distracting is that they can create a false sense of security. Drivers may feel that since they are not holding a phone or looking at a screen, they are not really distracted. However, even a brief conversation or voice command can take a driver’s attention away from the road and increase the risk of an accident.

Another issue with hands-free devices is that they can be difficult to use or understand, especially for older drivers or those who are not tech-savvy. This can lead to frustration or confusion, which can further distract drivers and increase the risk of an accident.

Eliminate Cognitive Distractions

The Taylor Anderson Law Firm agrees with safety experts that the best way to remain safe while driving is to eliminate cognitive distractions. Limit the use of electronic devices altogether while driving. This includes handheld devices and hands-free devices. While it may be inconvenient to disconnect from phone calls or notifications while driving, it is a small price to pay for the safety of yourself and others on the road.

Another solution is to use technology to help reduce distractions while driving. Many newer cars have built-in systems that can read text messages or other notifications aloud, reducing the need for drivers to look at their phones while driving. Additionally, some apps can be used to silence notifications or send automatic responses while driving, further reducing distractions.

Charleston, SC, Texting and Driving Accidents Lawyer

Have you been in an accident caused by another driver texting or using hands-free devices? You may still pursue a distracted driving lawsuit in South Carolina or Georgia, even if the driver was using a hands-free device. The Taylor Anderson Law Firm has Texting and Driving Accidents Lawyers who can help you pursue compensation from responsible parties to help offset your medical expenses, property damage and other losses after a distracting driving accident. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.

Posted on behalf of Taylor Anderson Law Firm

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