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Distracted Driving Myths and Facts

May 7, 2019

No matter how experienced a driver may be, there is always a chance that they will be involved in a car accident while on the road. The most common—and avoidable—cause of vehicle wrecks is distracted driving.

While many myths surround these types of vehicle crashes, distracted driving crashes are always dangerous and should be avoided. The following are a few distracted driving misconceptions and the truth behind them that you should be aware of.

Myth #1:

Hands-free features in a car make it safe to drive while using electronics.

Fact:

Drivers could still be distracted from the road by technology that allows them to answer calls and texts, send voicemails, or change the radio station without removing their hands from the steering wheel. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that a person could remain distracted for up to 27 seconds by using these hands-free features. This short period of time is more than enough for an ordinary commute to turn into a disaster.

Myth #2:

Certain work-related calls or messages are too important to miss even while driving.

Fact:

Nothing is more important than keeping yourself and others on the road safe when driving. Car crashes from distracted driving are the top reason for workplace-related deaths, and numerous businesses—including several Fortune 500 companies—are taking steps to combat this dangerous epidemic. Some places of work are trying to keep their employees safer by enforcing policies that ban the use of cell phones while driving for work.

Myth #3:

Most car crashes are caused by faulty brakes, engine problems, and other such mechanical malfunctions.

Fact:

94 percent of crashes are caused by driver error. Mistakes made by drivers occur most frequently when they are distracted, and especially when they are using their phones. It has been found that people who are using their phone miss up to 50 percent of their surroundings while driving, regardless of whether they are hands-free.

Seeking a Distracted Driver Car Accident Attorney for Legal Support

If you or a loved one were involved in a distracted driver car wreck, do not hesitate to contact the Saint and Watzke Law Firm. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced attorneys who could fight for your right to compensation for your injuries and damages. Our dedicated injury attorneys could help you understand the various distracted driving myths and facts while providing the legal guidance you need.