When most people think of distracted driving, they first think of drivers of cars and trucks who spend their time behind the wheel eating, reading or sending texts. Unfortunately, technology continues to improve, and motorcycle riders find themselves more tempted by each new electronic gadget.
While their choice of electronic devices was historically narrow, riders now have nearly limitless options. From helmets with Bluetooth connectivity and surround-sound speakers to phone cradles so a navigation screen can be watched, riders now have numerous ways to multitask while on the road. Unfortunately, even these wireless activities can be distracting, leading to loss of attention, and resulting in a motor vehicle collision caused by the negligent motorcyclist.
Is hands-free a safer option?
Since they don’t have many opportunities to safely ride with one or both hands off the handlebars, riders are often limited to relying on hands-free devices when on the road. Unfortunately, studies suggest that while hands-free might be safer, they still represent a cognitive distraction during a conversation in addition to any manual distractions that are necessary to initiate a call, manipulate a menu or change the volume.
Distracted riders can cause collisions that lead to catastrophic property damage and devastating injuries. Depending on numerous factors including the speeds at which the vehicles were traveling, how many vehicles were impacted and the types of vehicles involved, occupants can suffer countless injuries including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord trauma, paralysis and amputation. These injuries can take years to heal often requiring surgery, a hospital stay and months of physical therapy. It is wise to seek the guidance and representation of a skilled vehicle accident attorney who can provide the answers you need.