Distracted driving; we picture the texting teen, the stock-checking businessperson, or the lost tourist, punching in a new address to their GPS app of choice. We often do not think of the many people that spring for bluetooth-enabled cars or ear pieces for their cell phones. But the fact remains, driving while talking on the phone is still distracted driving.
Pulling some surprising data from the National Safety Council, it becomes apparent that you may want to save all calls until you are safely off the road.
Distracted Driving Facts To Consider:
- Cognitive Distraction: Though hands-free devices can keep your eyes on the road, your mind remains on the conversation. Your concentration will always suffer the more that you are forced to divvy up attention.
- Numbers Do Not Lie: 1-in-4 car accidents involve cell phone use. There is no way around the fact that cell phone use, regardless of hands-free device usage, is dangerous.
- The Myth of Multitasking: Though many believe they can handle juggling a conversation and safe driving practices, the fact of the matter is, the brain simply does not work that way. For cognitively demanding exercises, such as driving or remaining engaged in a conversation over the phone, the human brain is forced to work in a sequential manner. This prioritizes one task over another, which could lead to costly mistakes on the road.
If you, a loved one or a friend are injured because of the recklessness of a distracted driver, please do not hesitate to contact Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre at (407) 841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to always be informed about best practices in law.