You probably know, texting or using your phone while driving is dangerous, but using hands-free devices is also risky when you’re behind the wheel.
Driving fatalities experienced an increase in the first six months of 2016 when compared to the previous year, and safety experts attributed much of the increase to distracted driving.
Las Vegas auto lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez explain more about the dangers of hands-free devices:
Nevada’s law governing hand-held devices
Many drivers are guilty of talking on the phone, checking a website, or texting while behind the wheel. That’s why Nevada and other states have made it illegal to use hand-held devices while driving. If you want to legally use your phone while driving in these states, you’ll need to use hands-free headsets or Bluetooth technology.
It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking if your hands are on the wheel and not on your phone, you’re driving safely. However, distracted driving occurs even while using hands-free technology.
Why hands-free is dangerous
Cognitive distraction. Even though your hands are on the wheel, your mind is partially on the conversation you’re having or the task you’re trying to perform. You have suppressed activity in the areas of the brain you need to drive safely.
A decreased reaction time. Your ability to react quickly to events on the road is decreased even when you’re using hands-free technology. If you need to swerve to avoid a hazard or stop quickly to avoid a car or pedestrian in front of you, you may not be able to do so if your reaction time is decreased.
A false sense of security. If you’re using a hands-free device, you’re more likely to think you’re driving safer than if your hands were on your phone. Studies show the risk is about the same whether you’re handling your device or using hands-free.
Contact the Las Vegas Auto Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact a Las Vegas auto lawyer at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. We offer a free consultation and will help you get started on the road to recovery. Call 702-388-4476 to get started today.