A recent study into the causes of distracted driving conducted by the Triple A Foundation challenges the notion that hands-free technology makes automobile operators more aware of their surroundings. Car manufacturers have pushed hands-free dashboard technology on consumers as the safest way to multitask while at the wheel. The purported wisdom is that drivers who have both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road will cause less accidents. The groundbreaking study by Triple A, however, suggests otherwise and may actually show that activating hands-free technology requires more concentration. The increased concentration required to give verbal commands to in-car technology may be causing tunnel vision in drivers, making them unable to react to the overwhelming stimuli of everyday driving. According to Triple A, “[b]y demonstrating that mentally-distracted drivers miss visual cues, have slower reaction times, and even exhibit a sort of tunnel vision, this study provides some of the strongest evidence yet that ‘hands-free’ doesn’t mean risk free.”
The unfortunate result of distracted driving is often accidents and serious injuries. While the law prohibits certain in-car distractions, such as non hands-free technology, motorists can still legally engage in other behaviors now known to be distracting. The recent Triple A study illuminates some of those concerns beyond commonly known distractions, such as texting while driving and others that can cause automobile accidents. At Berman & Riedel, LLP, we encourage all drivers to take their responsibility behind the wheel seriously, and eliminate distractions of all kinds when possible.
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