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Hands-free devices for cars even more dangerous than we thought?

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Hands-free technology in cars could cause a surge in traffic accidents according to a new study funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  AAA says results of the study raise “new and unexpected concerns” about all electronic devices used in cars.

The study found a 27-second attention gap among drivers who performed simple tasks like changing music or dialing a phone, according to researchers at the University of Utah who conducted the AAA investigation.  The study showed that’s how long it took drivers in the test to refocus their attention after completing those tasks.

Studies continue to show that “hands-free” cell phone use is not “distraction free.”  But the information is not new.  Nine years ago, a University of Utah study proved that “…talking on a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, even if the phone is a hands-free model.”

Solutions to distracted driving not easy

Distracted driving accidents haven’t decreased in states that banned texting while driving although states with those laws saw a decrease in cell phone use behind the wheel, according to a Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study in October 2014. Critics say  that all forms of distracted driving - talking, eating, applying makeup, reading and attending to children and pets – will have to be banned along with cell phones to reduce the rate of distracted driving accidents.   

Teens have a high rate of texting while driving.  A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in June 2014, found that about “…41 percent of high school students  reported texting or emailing while driving” during a 30-day period.

Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). In 2013, distracted driving accidents killed more than 3,000 people.    

The terrible cost of distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study in 2014, showing that crashes caused by “behavioral factors” were involved in 32,999 highway fatalities and 3.9 million injuries in the U.S. in 2010.  The cost of those crashes that year was $871 billion.  Distracted driving accounted for $46 billion of that total.

Call Wayne Wright if a distracted driver hits you

The first thing anyone should do after an accident - once it’s determined no one is injured and information has been gathered from the parties involved – is call Wayne Wright.  He has been successfully representing accident victims for 38 years.  Wayne Wright is one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the nation.  In an accident where distracted driving is involved, the firm will obtain phone records from the suspect party and gather all other information necessary to prove that a careless, distracted driver caused the crash that injured you.

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