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Hands-Free Cell Phone Use While Driving Poses Significant Danger

Published April 28, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Many states have enacted hand-held device bans while driving, but a compilation of research studies has revealed that a conversation on a hands-free device still increases the risk of a car accident fourfold. The brain’s ability to multi-task is not sophisticated enough for drivers to remain alert and aware of the dangers on the road while talking on any cell phone.

The National Safety Council (NSC) found that every 26 seconds, an accident occurs as the result of texting or cell phone use. Driver distraction has joined speeding and alcohol as one of the top causes of serious injury car accidents. Our accident attorneys encourage all drivers throughout New York, including those in Binghamton, to refrain from talking on cell phones, regardless of whether they are hands-free, for their own and other’s safety.

Approximately 25% of all car crashes result from cell phone use. NY has banned the use of handheld devices as a primary offense for all drivers. Many believe that hands-free devices are a solution to the risks of driver distraction because they help eliminate two obvious risks – that of looking away from the road and that of taking your hands off the steering wheel.

A third type of distraction – cognitive, or taking your mind off the road – can occur when using cell phones while driving. Drivers are aware when they are at risk from the first two distractions, but typically are not aware when they are cognitively distracted.

The NSC compiled the results from 30 international research studies to compare driver performance with handheld and hands-free phones. All of these studies show hands-free phones offer no safety benefit when driving because the brain performs activities sequentially vs. concurrently. The brain must switch back and forth from activity to activity in order to “multi-task.”

Estimates indicate drivers using cell phones look at but fail to see up to 50 percent of the information in their driving environment. This phenomenon is known as “inattention blindness,” and is compounded by the response time to a danger once it is processed by the brain. When driving, fractions of seconds can be the time between a crash or no crash, injury or no injury, life or death.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, recognize the importance of drivers maintaining awareness at all times without the distractions from any cell phone use. We encourage drivers to keep our highways safe by remaining alert at all times to other drivers who may be distracted.

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If you have suffered harm as the result of a New York car accident, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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