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Hands-free technology does not eliminate distracted driving

The dangers of distracted driving are well known to motorists in Arizona and other states in the nation. And while steps have been taken to alleviate and reduce these dangers, these unfortunately do not eliminate them. The usage of technology while driving contributes significantly to distracted driving; however, making them hands-free does not erase the dangers that technology imposes on drivers.

According to a new research study conducted by AAA, hands-free technology still causes mental distractions, thus, still contributing to car accidents. The study found that actions such as dialing a number, changing music or sending a text message via voice command could potentially result in unsafe mental distractions that could last up to 27 seconds. During that time frame, a driver could travel the length of three football fields going only 25 mph.

While hands-free technology has been considered a safer alternative to using technology that takes a driver's eyes off the road and his or her hands off of the wheel, the reality is that mental distractions still persist with hands-free technology. Therefore, voice-activated systems should be used with caution even at moments that seem safe such as at a red light or when there is a lull in traffic.

While new and advanced technology seeks to limit the distractions they could cause drivers, the results of the study showed that even the best performing systems still caused moderate distraction. This indicates that mental distractions are still present when drivers use hands-free technology, therefore, causing the possibility of an accident.

When a distracted driver causes an accident, victims could place liability on that driver for the injuries, damages and losses he or she caused. A personal injury claim could help an injured victim recover compensation for expenses such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Newsroom.aaa.com, "New Hands-free Technologies Pose Hidden Dangers for Drivers," Michael Green, accessed on Nov. 30, 2015

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