Although hands-free devices are touted as safer for drivers than handheld ones, a new study shows that’s just not true.

As the Gainesville Sun reports, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Talking on any phone can suppress drivers’ brain activity, increase reaction time and reduce visual scanning.

Researchers rated the levels of mental distractions drivers experience while performing common activities. Listening to the radio was a minimal risk. Talking on a cell phone – whether handheld or hands-free – was a moderate risk.

But listening and talking to an in-vehicle, voice-activated email feature was an extensive risk.

All drivers should pull over if they have to answer a call or send a text, says Chuck Hamby, public relations manager for Verizon in Florida.

“The safest option is don’t do it,” Hamby said. “Nothing is worth your safety.”

Regardless of such warnings, drivers who text and send email continue to cause numerous Florida traffic accidents that result in injuries and even deaths. If you were hurt because of a distracted driver, you need to know your options.

To get money for medical bills or other expenses, you may have to file a personal injury lawsuit, and that’s why you need to talk to a personal injury law firm that puts an emphasis on these kinds of cases.

Disparti Law Group, P.A., of Tampa has been representing accident victims for over 30 years, and we can help get you the compensation you need. Call us toll free at 866-596-7638 or contact us through our online form.

Disparti Law Group, P.A., assists victims of personal injury accidents in Tampa, Holiday, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Land O’Lakes, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas