Approximately 80% of drivers in the United States believe that hands-free
devices are safer than using a handheld one, according to a public opinion
poll by the National Safety Council. But the evidence suggests otherwise.
Over 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer than handheld as the
distracted. The prevailing issue is that drivers who elect to use hands-free devices
are still multitasking while operating their vehicles. It is important
to understand that the brain doesn’t truly multitask.
While the brain is capable of switching between tasks, it cannot perform
two tasks at the same time. According to several studies, the part of
the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to one-third when
talking, listening, and texting on a cellphone.
Distracted driving does the following three things:
- Takes your hands off the steering wheel
- Takes your eyes away from the road
- Takes your mind away from the primary task of driving.
Thousands of people have died in
car accidents involving cellphones – including those which are hands-free. Hands-free
devices include earpieces, speakerphones, and dashboard systems.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in NJ,
contact our Bergen County personal injury attorney at
Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law today.