Are Jasper Drivers Really Safer with Hands-Free Devices?

By now all drivers should be aware that distracted driving puts lives at risk, and texting while driving is generally understood to be the most dangerous form of driving distractedly.

In fact, Alabama law bans texting while driving. Why? Because texting requires the use of your visual, manual and cognitive faculties -- all of which are necessary to operate a motor vehicle safely.

To put it another way, texting while driving is essentially like driving while blindfolded, and studies have shown that texting behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

What many people don't realize, however, is that using a hands-free device behind the wheel provides no measurable safety benefit to drivers.

The National Safety Council pulled together more than 30 reports and studies comparing driver performance in terms of handheld and hands-free phone use. What the researchers found is that hands-free devices can be just as distracting as handheld devices.

The reason: so-called "multi-tasking" with a hands-free device still impairs driver performance.

In the United States we hear a lot about multi-tasking, but scientists have shown that the brain does not handle cognitive tasks simultaneously. The reality is that our brains move from task to task, and this switching back and forth can have a negative effect on a person's ability to drive.

For example, talking on a hands-free device and listening on a hands-free device are two separate cognitive tasks, both of which can distract from the additional tasks of being aware of one's surroundings and driving a vehicle.

In other words, a phone doesn't have to be in your hand in order for a phone conversation to distract you.

Distracted driving is a form of negligence, and victims of negligence deserve compensation.

In many cases, victims of distracted driving accidents are left with heavy medical bills, lost income and ongoing rehabilitation, not to mention the pain of the injury. Often the full extent of these costs isn't covered by the insurance company's initial offer, and no one should agree to a insurance settlement before speaking with a personal injury attorney first.

A personal injury lawyer can investigate your case, assess the full cost of the accident, and pursue full and fair compensation.

To learn more about how distracted driving wrecks are investigated, please see The Sapp Law Firm's distracted driving overview.

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