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Update on Cellphone Distractions

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A new study reports that simply listening to a cellphone distracts drivers. Several states ban drivers from using cellphones while driving but allow hands-free cellphone use. Most drivers think hands-free cellphone use is safe, however new studies show it can be just as distracting. Neuroscientist Marcel Just found that “Listening while driving led to a significant deterioration in driving accuracy.” Why is cellphone use important in your car accident case? Tennessee uses comparative fault in deciding cases. Smart insurance defense lawyers try to shift the focus to the plaintiff to lessen the amount of liability to the defendant. Using the fact that the defendant was using a cellphone is good evidence that they were simply not paying attention to the roadway, thus proving your case. More evidence that one created the danger and is at fault in the accident equals more damages recovered.