In light of the National Safety Council (NSC) making this month Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we thought it would be appropriate to take a closer look at some commonly held myths about distracted driving and the truth behind them.
While you can do your part to support Distracted Driving Awareness Month by committing to focusing on the task of driving every time you get behind the wheel, you are encouraged to contact the Lone Tree car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC if you are injured in a traffic accident that may have been caused by a distracted driver.
Myth 1: Distracted driving is only a problem during rush hour traffic.
Wrong. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a far more pervasive problem that occurs regardless of the time of day. In fact, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), at any given time, as many as 800,000 motorists traveling on U.S. roadways are driving while distracted.
While eating, applying makeup, using GPS and doing other things while driving can all be significantly distracting and, consequently, increase the risk of car accidents, the most prevalent distraction for drivers these days is the use of cellphones while driving (regardless of whether state laws have made this practice legal or not for drivers).
Myth 2: Using hands-free devices is far safer and less distracting than using cellphones when driving.
Wrong again! As one of the NSC’s major points of focus for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Council is highlighting the fact that using hands-free devices when driving can be just as distracting and dangerous as using cellphones when driving. This is because, according to recently compiled data from the NSC, the real problem lies in the fact that hands-free devices – just like cellphones – pull driver’s attention away from the roads and the task of driving.
In fact, the NSC has found that the use of hands-free devices and cellphones impairs drivers’ abilities to recognize and process as much as 33 percent of the visual cues that need to be assessed when driving. In effect, this is as dangerous as blacking out half of all of the windows and mirrors in a car and expecting that the driver will still be able to drive safely.
Look for the upcoming second and third parts of this blog for some more fascinating information regarding the truth behind some of the most common distracted driving myths.
Lone Tree Car Accident Attorneys at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC
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