Does hands-free cell phone use really prevent accidents?

We all know that distracted driving can be fatal. Whether it’s eating, shaving, putting on make-up or answering the phone, taking our eyes, hands and attention off of driving for a fraction of a second can result in personal injuries and fatalities. 

Is having a hands-free cell phone much safer? Not really. The facts are clear, even hands-free devices result in decreased performance of reaction time, danger detection and collision avoidance. 

Hands-free phones are convenient but dangerously deceptive

In 2019, 1,001 motor vehicle accidents resulted from handheld cell phones, while 390 were caused by hands-free devices. Let’s take a closer look at the distinct challenges that both types of communication devices pose to New Jersey drivers: 

  • Handheld cell phones: According to the New Jersey Statutes Title 39. Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation 39 § 4-97.3, it is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving. This includes talking, listening, texting, emailing or using social media. Using a handheld cell phone is only allowed while driving if the driver is reporting a crime or other serious medical or road conditions such as an accident or fire.
  • Hands-free cell phones: The same New Jersey law allows for hands-free devices. Although allowed, hands-free cellphones cause “a distracted brain.” Furthermore, hands-free phones can give driver’s a false sense of security. When talking on a handheld device, one is more aware that they are taking a risk. 

The data demonstrates that a hand’s free cellular device is much safer than a handheld phone. However, that is not to say that hand’s free cellphones are not dangerous, they are just less dangerous. 

You’re a safe, responsible driver. You know how dangerous distracted driving can be. Unfortunately, not all drivers are the same. If you’re involved in a wreck with a distracted driver, find out more about your legal rights to compensation for your losses.