Hands-Free Gadgets May Still Pose Distracted Driving Risks
Cell phone headsets, voice-activated systems, and other hands-free gadgets in vehicles may help keep a driver’s hands on the wheel. However, they can still cause distracted driving accidents or injuries if they distract the driver’s eyes or mind from the task of driving, according to a recent article in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drivers whose brains are distracted with conversation, following directions, or other cognitive activities miss up to 50 percent of the information in their surrounding environments. When driving, this means missing up to half of the vital information needed to avoid a crash, such as things like whether a light is changing from yellow to red, whether and from what direction other cars are approaching, or whether there are children or animals present that might suddenly run into the street.
In response to growing distracted-driving concerns, some automakers are revamping the gadgetry in their vehicles so that it decreases the distractions available. For instance, automakers are making text messages shorter and disabling cell phone functions built into vehicles while the car is in motion.
Distracted driving greatly increases the risk of an accident, whether the distraction is caused by a technological gadget, eating, an in-car conversation, or some condition outside the vehicle. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, the experienced distracted driving accident lawyers in Washington at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help. Call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free and confidential case evaluation.