Hands-Free Cell Phone Use: Is it Any Safer?

Hands-Free Cell Phone Use: Is it Any Safer?

Posted By Sette & Parnoff, PC || 27-Jan-2017

Beginning January 2017, drivers are offered no exceptions for holding their cell phone while driving. This includes any and all of the following actions among all other actions that require you to have your phone in your hand and not on the steering wheel:

  • Snapping photos
  • Taking videos
  • Using a GPS
  • Making phone calls
  • Texting
  • Asking Siri a question

For a long time now, the dangers of texting while driving or making a phone call have been made known, and legislative action has restricted such actions.

A new study has been released from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia that has brought new insight to the lawmakers. This study has indicated that mental distraction is just as present on hands-free calls as it is on those made while holding the device.

The study shows that reaction time, regardless of whether on a hand-held or hands-free device is significantly longer for drivers on a phone call than for those not using a phone. The study also revealed that reaction times for individuals with provisional driver’s licenses is twice as long as those with full licenses. Additionally, those engaged in a phone conversation are more inclined to brake abruptly.

What This Study Means for You

In order to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others on the road, we encourage you to avoid taking calls while driving to the best of your ability. In this busy age, it may seem that time in the car is the only chance you have to make phone calls. At the minimum, obey the laws regarding using a hand-held device and do your best to avoid distraction.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury from a distracted driver, however, we are here to help you fight for just compensation. Come to our Hamden personal injury law firm today for a free case evaluation. We offer our 65+ years of combined experience to help you pursue justice!

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