It is not unusual for many Lake Charles residents to use their cell phones to stay connected. Even while out with other friends, you may find yourself checking social media, emails, texts or other communication outlets on your phone. Though your device can help you stay connected almost anytime and anywhere, you also know that it can act as a distraction when you should otherwise pay closer attention.
Cell phones can especially cause issues with distraction when it comes to driving. Numerous individuals choose to talk and text while they attempt to operate a vehicle, and these actions can put themselves, you and others at serious risk. Even the use of hands-free technology does not offer as much safety as some parties may believe.
What is hands-free technology?
Because cell phone use contributes to a significant number of distracted-driving related car accidents, many vehicle and cell phone manufacturers work to provide options that allow you to use your phone without having to touch it. Some vehicles have voice-activated systems that allow you to answer your phone, send a text or have a message read to you without having to take your hands off the wheel. As a result, many people believe that these systems help increase safety when it comes to phone use and driving.
Is hands-free technology really safer?
Unfortunately, the use of this technology does not appear to make cell phone use while driving any safer. Because you remain distracted simply by having your mind on paying attention to the conversation or sending the text, you still face significant risk of causing a car accident. Individuals who use cell phones, whether manually or hands-free, still have a four times higher likelihood of involvement in a crash.
Should you use hands-free technology?
Though it may seem safer to use than manually making a call or sending a text, hands-free communication options still pose a threat. Therefore, you may wish to refrain from using any type of cell phone-related technology while behind the wheel. By avoiding such use, you may remain better focused on the task of driving and increase your safety.
What if you are involved in an accident?
If another person using a cell phone causes an accident that results in your injury, you may feel dismayed because that person did not choose to practice safe driving habits. If you suffer serious injuries in such an event, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault in hopes of obtaining compensation for those injuries and other permitted damages.