Hands-Free Doesn’t Mean Risk-Free: Any Cell Phone Use While Driving Is Dangerous—Period!

April is Distracted Driving Month and the lawyers of Lewis and Tompkins want you to be aware of the dangers of hands-free talking. Although using an earpiece, speaker or dashboard system is safer than holding a phone to your ear while driving, serious risks are still involved with doing so. Here we discuss why using a hands-free device can still contribute to a car crash.

The Distractions of Hands-Free Cell Phone Use

When you drive on 495 or 295 during rush hour you know how hectic and stressful things can get. The way vehicles zip in and out of lanes so quickly requires your full attention. If you’re talking on a phone, your mind is not completely on the road – it is partly on the conversation. Although you still have both hands on your wheel thanks to your hands-free device, your mind is elsewhere and you could get into an accident as a result. Keep these key issues in mind:

  • Your Vision Is Compromised – It may be difficult to believe that talking on the phone compromises your vision, but it’s true. Drivers can miss up to 50 percent of what’s around them while talking on the phone.
  • The Multi-Tasking Myth – Just like most Americans, you’re probably accustomed to multi-tasking. The activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to one-third when listening and talking on the phone. This decrease puts you at great risk for getting into a serious accident.

Distracted driving is a real risk and one that causes too many accidents. Fortunately, the danger can be prevented by simply putting the phone down and waiting until you are at your destination to pick it back up.

Getting injured in a Maryland car crash that was caused by distracted driving is a costly and painful event. Find out if you are entitled to receive compensation by scheduling a consultation with the lawyers of Lewis and Tompkins.

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