Most Tennessee motorists carry some type of electronic equipment in their vehicles. Such items might include cellphones, iPods or GPS gadgets. Many people believe that as long as they use hands-free devices, they will be safe from personal injury. Evidence suggests this is not always the case.
Just because someone is not holding a cellphone or other device while driving does not necessarily mean he or she is not distracted. In fact, using hands-free telephone equipment to talk while driving places drivers at risk for cognitive distraction. It is generally impossible to have a coherent conversation without focusing on what is being said, and if the focus is on the conversation, it is not on the road and task of driving -- where it should be.
Distracted driving accidents kill thousands of innocent people every year. Using a particular hands-free device while driving might not pose any type of legal problem; however, that does not mean it is a good idea. It is not only important to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel; it is also critical that one's mind is focused on driving to reduce the risk of a collision.
If a collision occurs and results in personal injury, the person injured may be entitled to file a claim in a Tennessee civil court to seek financial recovery for his or her losses. Proving that another person's negligence directly caused damages can be a complex and challenging process. It can be less stressful, however, by seeking support from an experienced attorney before heading to court.