As technology becomes more advanced, companies are constantly coming up with ways to reduce the number of car related accidents due to cell phone distractions. From dashboard mounts for cell phones to voice activated texts, there is no shortage of devices and apps made to allow the use of cellular devices while driving. But, do these helpful additions make handheld devices or cell phones safer to use while driving?
There are no laws prohibiting all cell phone use while driving, but many states are beginning to think that an all around ban is needed. Currently, only a handful of states have laws for cell phone use (talking or texting) while driving. According to USA Today, 1 in 4 car accidents is caused by cell phone use and the distractions it can cause drivers.
USA Today states, “Only 5% of cellphone-related crashes occur because the driver is texting. The majority of the accidents involve drivers distracted while talking on handheld or hands-free cellphones.”
They also reported, “However, hands-free cellphone use has become a driving force in cell phone-related distractions of those behind the wheel. Studies published as early as 2009, such as a report in the Journal of Safety Research, have said that driving performance while using a hands-free phone was rarely found to be better than using handheld devices.”
The only real way to avoid all distractions is to put them on hold while driving. What may seem convenient can still be very dangerous and accidents can still happen. "Hands free" does not always mean distraction free.
If you have been injured in a car crash or any auto related accident because of distracted driving, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our accident lawyers are experienced in dealing with all types of auto accidents and are always available to help you with questions about insurance problems, medical expenses, and pain and suffering benefits under Michigan law. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consult.