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Study shows hands-free phones lead drivers to other distractions

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2020 | Car Accidents

Concord residents may already know that there is no law against drivers using hands-free phones in North Carolina. However, it is not always a good idea to use this technology. As one study from Lytx has found out, hands-free phones make drivers more open to other distractions.

Findings of the Lytx Study

Lytx is a video telematics and fleet management software provider trusted by thousands of public and commercial fleets. Recently, it analyzed about 100,000 risky driving events that were captured on video and began collecting data. Some of its findings were positive. For instance, there was a 27% increase in the use of hands-free phones from 2017 to 2018, and 65% of all phone use in the latter year was hands-free.

However, 2018 also saw a 10% increase in the number of drivers using hands-free phones who engaged in some other distracting behaviors like eating, drinking, smoking and operating another device. Lytx includes smoking because it still uses the mouth and takes a driver’s hands off the wheel.

Distracted Drivers Are Dangerous Drivers

In all, 23% of all the risky driving events involved a driver engaging in multiple unsafe behaviors, and talking on a hands-free phone was only one of them. Lytx also found that distracted drivers tended to speed, follow too closely to the vehicle in front and neglect the seatbelt.

Filing a Claim Against a Distracted Driver

Distracted driving crashes can sometimes lead to catastrophic injuries. A Cabarrus County resident who has suffered such injuries and was not to blame for the crash can file a personal injury claim, but they should know about the laws in this state. North Carolina follows the rule of contributory negligence, which means plaintiffs who are so much as 1% at fault are denied payment. It may be wise, then, to have a lawyer give a case assessment.

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