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Studies released by the New Jersey Department of Transportation raise concern that hands-free cell phones might not be as safe as we thought.

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.

Kirk Bernard

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