It is no surprise that cell phones are the most common driving distraction of the 21st century and have been the cause of many auto accidents in Georgia and nationwide. Even responsible drivers using hands-free devices are learning that this technology is also dangerous. Although texting while driving is the most dangerous activity in which drivers can participate—because drivers take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off of driving—hands-free devices also cause drivers to remove their minds off of driving, as they are focusing on talking and listening.
While bus drivers and novice drivers in Georgia are not allowed to use hand-held or hands-free devices to talk while driving, and all drivers are banned from texting while driving, adult drivers in Georgia are permitted to use hand-held cellphones and hands-free technology when behind the wheel. While people may opt for hands-free devices because they think they are being safe, drivers need to reconsider, due to the results of a new study.
This recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, analyzed hands-free phone use while driving. What the researchers found may surprise many drivers—the use of hands-free technology for talking and texting is dangerous and is considered distracted driving.
The assumption people have made is that hands-free equals risk-free; however, this could not be further from the truth. Unfortunately, hands-free devices cause drivers to be distracted, which can lead to a Norcross auto accident or car crash in Georgia. In order to determine the dangers of hands-free cell phone use, the researchers observed drivers and measured them on the following:
- Reaction times
- Eye motion
- Brain activity through electroencephalography
They researchers also observed drivers using voice-command software, talking on hand-held phones, listening to the radio, and multitasking as they operated driving simulators. By watching drivers attempt to talk or text by using hands-free technology, they discovered that drivers were distracted and at an increased risk for being in a car crash, as they were more likely to miss stop signs and pedestrians.
In light of this study, and to reduce your chances of being in a Norcross car accident or crash nationwide, our Georgia accident attorneys encourage all drivers to drive distraction-free. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, please call a skilled Gwinnett County injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation at (770) 487-8999 today.