Hands-Free Does not Equal Safe

With new cellphone laws going into place in Vermont, many drivers are looking to hands-free alternatives for use while driving. Indeed, even the law would seem to suggest that it’s the using of hands for electronics while driving that creates the increased risk for accidents. This, however, is a belief that flies in the face of all available information.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah have just released the results of a study looking into how safe hands-free devices really are, and the results may surprise you. Using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no distraction and 5 being distraction equivalent to doing a complex math problem, researchers analyzed the reactions of 162 volunteers while driving simulators and being exposed to various hands-free technology. Among the most distracting? Siri, whose users averaged a 4.14 rating, and MyLink, whose users averaged a 3.7. These devices are used for different things, but both rely on voice control and are perfectly legal to use while driving. The results of this study are consistent with nearly every other study conducted on hands-free devices.

The Vermont car accident attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss call distraction exactly what it is and fight tirelessly for victims of irresponsible drivers. We would be honored to meet with you free of charge to discuss your accident and your rights, and help you determine how to most effectively get the justice you are due.

To schedule your free consultation with one of our Vermont car accident attorneys, please contact the Law offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today.


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