Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness MonthApril 1, 2016
With the growing technology available in new cars, drivers are now able to call, text and even check social media through their dashboard “infotainment” systems. While many believe this is safer than talking or texting on a hand held device, studies show that the brain is just as distracted and that hands-free dashboard features can increase mental distraction. At the end of the day, distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem than ever, killing hundreds of people every year.
The National Safety Council has named April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, drawing much-needed attention to the growing epidemic.
A large part of this growing problem is that so many people believe that hands-free devices are safe. In fact, over half of U.S. drivers surveyed believe this to be true. And 80% of drivers believe that hands-free devices are safer than handheld. This false sense of security contributes to the growing number of car accidents and fatalities that result from distracted driving. Studies show that even drivers who are looking out of the windshield of their car can miss seeing nearly 50% of what is going on around them if they are talking on any type of cell phone. And drivers who use the voice-to-text feature are even more distracted than if they were texting manually.
Driving is Not the Time to Multitask
According to a 2012 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers talking on a hand-held or hands-free device are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash then drivers who do not engage in this behavior. Talking on the phone while driving are two thinking tasks, which involve many areas of the brain. The brain cannot process these tasks simultaneously. Instead, it alternates between the two cognitive activities. In addition, activity in the area of the brain that processes movement of visual images, called the parietal lobe, is decreased by up to 37% when using hands-free devices while driving.
Distracted Driving vs. DWI
Surprisingly, distracted driving can be even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated (DWI). A study conducted by the University of Utah found that drivers using a cell phone had reaction times that were slower than drivers with a .08 blood alcohol content, which is the legal intoxication limit.
Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Distracted Driving Car Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of distracted driving, our Maryland car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. We have a proven reputation of reaching successful settlements for our clients, ensuring that they receive the financial compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages and other related costs. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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