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Hands-free devices provide a false sense of security

Do you know anyone who hasn't heard that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous? Probably not. For this reason, you take steps to make sure that you eliminate distractions such as looking at or holding your phone.

You decided that your best move is using a hands free device. The problem is that might not be much safer. You will still end up distracted by your conversation, and that could have ramifications.

Let's look at some statistics

Understanding the problems created by any distractions may help provide a perspective on how dangerous even using a hands-free device can be. Consider the following data:

  • Every day, approximately 100 people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents.
  • Distractions rank at the top of the factors for those deaths.
  • As much as 94 percent of all crashes occur due to some mistake made by a driver.
  • During any minute of the day, approximately seven percent of the drivers on the road are using their cell phones.
  • The ability to track moving objects decreases by around 33 percent if you are on your cell phone.
  • If you are on your cell phone, your field of vision reduces by about 50 percent.

These statistics include drivers using hands-free devices. Even if you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the road, your mind isn't on driving if you are on the phone. You need your cognitive abilities while driving in order to remain safe.

Some people argue that talking on a cell phone with a hands-free device is no different than talking to a passenger in the car with you. The problem with that logic is that the passenger also provides another pair of eyes while the person on the other end of the phone does not. When an obstacle arises, the passenger will more than likely stop talking and warn you or remain silent so you can deal with the issue. That doesn't happen on a phone call.

Let's talk about accidents involving drivers using hands-free devices

If you end up in an accident in which the other Mississippi driver was using a hands-free device, it sends up a red flag that the other driver probably wasn't giving driving all his or her attention. The fact that the driver was on the phone at all could prove negligence in a personal injury claim filed by you in pursuit of compensation for your financial losses.

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