Hands-free devices are often advertised as the responsible way to communicate while driving. Bluetooth headsets and in-dash call systems are among the most popular hands-free options for motorists. But are they actually capable of doing what they say and make driving and talking at the same time safer?
In 2019, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) released a study that claimed hands-free device usage did make a driver less likely to get into a crash. But that information was unclear in the report. Drivers who distracted their hands were about 3 times more likely to crash than those who did not have any distractions. But there was no obvious data that showed how well a hands-free device reduced crash risks compared to a completely distracted driver.
Numerous safety groups continue to warn that while using a hands-free device might feasibly be better than picking up a smartphone and staring right at it, not using a hands-free device at all is still so much safer. In other words, as the National Safety Council (NSC) often summarizes it, using a hands-free device is less distracting but still a driver distraction – and distractions cause car accidents!
The bottom line is that you should not use a hands-free mobile device while you drive. If you must take a call or check a text message, then you should pull off the road to a safe location like a parking lot first. Drivers who fail to take these precautions and get into an accident could be found mostly liable for the damage done.
Our team from the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. in Waco, Texas wishes you only the best and safest trips whenever you get behind the wheel. Please do all you can to remain undistracted, so you can stay safe. If you ever get hit by a distracted driver, though, whether they were using a hands-free mobile device or not, then you can come to us for legal guidance. You might have a claim against them to demand compensation, and we can help form it.
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