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Distracted Driving May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

According to a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, by motorists using hands-free devices may be more dangerous than previously thought. Despite the common misconception that it is relatively safe to use hands-free devices while driving, drivers who talk, text, or access social media sites by means of a hands-free device while driving drastically increase their risk of being involved in an accident. Based on this research, AAA is pushing car manufacturers to place limits on the types of hands-free technology that drivers can access while behind the wheel.

During the study, researchers used cameras, EEGs and other devices to record eye movements, brain functioning, and other factors that are considered indicators of a driver’s mental workload while attempting to perform several tasks at once. The study revealed that as mental distractions from hands-free devices increased, reaction time decreased, causing drivers to look at the road less often and fail to see pedestrians, traffic signals and stop signs in front of them – even with both hands on the wheel. Based on the results of the study, AAA is urging auto manufacturers to limit the types of voice-activated, hands-free technology accessible while the vehicle is in motion to those required for driving-related activities. To read the full text of the article,

As evidenced by this study, using a hands-free device while driving can be much more dangerous that most people think. Distracted driving in any form places the driver and everyone else on the road in danger. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may have suffered serious, debilitating injuries that prevent you from leading the life you led before the accident. Sloat & Nicholson, P.C. offers a free consultation in all types of personal injury cases, including those caused by distracted driving in Boulder, Longmont, and throughout Colorado. Call 800-873-3202 today to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Sloat & Nicholson, P.C.

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