AAA Study Shows Dangers of Hands-Free Electronics

AAA and the University of Utah recently tested hands-free electronic devices in ten of the most popular model cars from 2015. According to the study, “After testing the in-vehicle information systems of 10 cars and the voice assistants of three smartphones, researchers found that all of them were cognitively taxing enough to be potentially dangerous—even up to 27 seconds after drivers finished using them.” This confirms what has long been suggested by other studies. In short, hands-free is not distraction free.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a good time to remember that there is no safe level of distraction. Even a moment’s inattention can lead to serious or fatal accidents. There is no exception to this very simple fact. Please carefully consider your actions when driving this April and take steps to curb your own dangerous behavior to help protect the health and wellbeing of everyone on the road.

The Vermont distracted driving car accident lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss have seen how drivers consumed with tasks irrelevant to operating a vehicle destroy lives and families. We have no tolerance for this type of negligent behavior and are prepared to hold distracted drivers accountable for the full damages – economic, physical, and emotional – their thoughtless behavior has caused.

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