Focused on you. Focused on your business. Focused on maximum results.

SAMS, LARKIN
HUFF & BALLI, LLP
Call 770-884-4819 or toll free at 866-401-4401
Speak with one of our attorneys today.

Are hands-free cellphones a safe alternative?

If you are a Georgia motorist, you know that using a hand-held cellphone while driving is now illegal in the state. Instead, you may have started using hands-free cellular devices in order to stay in compliance with the law. Hands-free devices are thought to be safer to use, as they eliminate visual and manual distractions you may experience. You still, however, run the risk of getting into a serious car accident while using a hands-free cellphone, as studies show these devices are a major source of cognitive distraction.

A study published by AAA measured the amount of cognitive distraction caused by certain activities you may engage in while behind the wheel. While participants drove a simulator vehicle and an actual car wired with monitoring devices, researchers monitored their eye movement, heart rate, response time and brain activity. Drivers were asked to engage in the following tasks while driving:

  •          Listen to the radio
  •          Use a hands-free and hand-held cellphone
  •          Listen to an audio book
  •          Use voice-activated technology to compose an email
  •          Talk to another person in the vehicle

Surprisingly, the results of the study showed that people who used hands-free cellphones while driving still experienced a significant amount of cognitive distraction compared to those who used hand-held cellphones.

When you engage in another activity while driving, your brain cannot actively focus on the road. Rather than concentrate solely on driving, the brain bounces back and forth between tasks, leaving moments in time where the brain isn’t focused on driving at all. During this time, you may run traffic signals, fail to see pedestrian crosswalks and get into a major car accident.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Discover your legal options.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contact one of our business lawyers, personal injury lawyers
or governmental relations lawyers today.

Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP
376 Powder Springs Street Suite 100
Marietta, GA 30064

Marietta Law Office Map

  • visa master card american express discover network
  • facebook
  • google-plus