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Hands-Free Devices Are Not The Solution to Distracted Driving

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Hands-Free Devices Are Not The Solution to Distracted Driving

Distracted driving was the third-leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania last year behind only speeding and drunken driving. While texting while driving is illegal in the Commonwealth, talking on your cellphone is not. At least one study concludes that both activities are equally dangerous.

The multitasking myth

According to a study by the National Safety Council, either talking or texting on a cellphone is distracting to a driver; and hands-free devices do not reduce the distraction. The study concluded that the concept of multitasking, in which people engage in two or more activities at the same time, is a myth because of the way in which the brain processes information.

Instead of simultaneously processing information from two different activities, such as talking on a cellphone while looking at the road ahead, the brain jumps from one activity to the other. As a motorist’s brain processes the conversation and the visual images of the highway, up to 50 percent of what was going on in front of the vehicle is missed.
Hands-free devices do not help

Safe driving requires that you engage in three activities:

  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel
  • Keep your eyes focused on the road
  • Keep your mind on the task of driving

Hands-free devices address the risks associated with drivers removing their hands from the steering wheel. They do not, however, eliminate the dangers associated with a driver’s mind focusing on something other than driving.

Getting advice when accidents happen

If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Charles Law Offices in Allentown for more information.