Everyone wants to see automobiles get safer to drive and we can all acknowledge
that technology can get help us along that path. Many people swear that
fully-autonomous cars are the way of the future, despite the science behind
self-driving vehicles still being years away. For now, many automakers
are trying to promote safe driving habits by installing hands-free cellular
devices into vehicles by default. More and more cars will let you talk
to a business partner, text a friend, check social media posts, and more
with voice commands and a screen in the dashboard.
While this sounds like it should be helpful, the National Safety Council
(NSC) and their studies believe the opposites. According to their findings,
using a hands-free device is just as dangerous as using a smartphone on
its own. Since a hands-free device keeps the driver’s hands on the
wheel and eyes on the road, shouldn’t it be much safer? What is
going on to make them apparently so ineffective at protecting drivers
and preventing crashes?
Multitasking, Or Lack Thereof
The NSC has determined that the concept of multitasking has been misconstrued
and exaggerated. Rather than truly managing two tasks at once, our minds
are only capable of switching rapidly between them, devoting the totality
of its power to one at a time. Doing anything while driving therefore
diverts your full attention away from the task of driving, whether you
are texting via typing on a keyboard or speaking to the hands-free software.
The NSC also determined that when talking on a phone or using a hands-free
device, a driver sees
and acknowledges only 50% of their normal field of view.
The only way to prevent
distracted driving accidents is to not allow yourself to become distracted, even if a car’s advertisement
states that it makes hands-free talking effortless. Sometimes being responsible
can only get you so far, though, and you wind up getting blindsided by
a negligent or intoxicated driver. What do you do then?
If you live in Louisiana, your first step should be to
contact Duck Law Firm, LLC and our Lafayette car accident attorney. We have 20+
years of trial-tested legal experience that has led to
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