Statistics released from the New Jersey Department of Transportation raise concern over the effectiveness of driving while talking on a hands-free cell phone as opposed to a hand-held phone. It’s been a widely held belief that hands-free phones decrease accident rates and thus we’ve seen numerous states outlaw the use of hand-held phones while driving. Now, that theory is being put to the test.
In a two year period, the amount of accidents caused by drivers talking on a hands-free cell phone was only 18% lower than those driving while holding their cell phone. Even so, a driver is just as likely to be killed or seriously injured when involved in an accident using a hands-free phone. In a 2008 Atlantic County accident, the use of a hands-free phone resulted in a fatality, though the DOT refused to provide details of the event.
In a survey published by the New England Journal of Medicine, it was deemed that drivers using a hand-held cell phone were 4.3 times more at risk of an accident than drivers not using a cell phone. Those on a hands-free phone were still 3.9 times more likely to be in an accident. The resulting numbers mean that there isn’t a significant difference between using a hand-held or hands-free cell phone when it comes to driving.
Driver’s need to remember that anytime their on the phone, they are driving negligently. Just because you’re using a hands-free phone doesn’t give you a hall pass to talk while driving. You can read the full article here. If you yourself are injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was talking on their cell phone, we recommend consulting with the best personal injury attorney Seattle has to offer, in order to fully protect your legal rights.