Driving and Headphones: A Dangerous Combination
As MP3 players and MP3-capable smart phones become more common among American consumers, the use of headphones, which may be preferred over a car adapter, has become more frequent. Unfortunately, headphones reduce a user’s ability to hear outside noises, especially when compared to listening to music through external speakers. By losing the full range of roadway sounds at a noticeable volume, a driver can become a safety hazard for nearby drivers and pedestrians.
If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered vehicular damages because of a distracted or inattentive driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Sheboygan car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 for a free case evaluation.
Dangers of Missed Signals
While many consider visual clues to be the most important factors in safe driving, the sounds of the highway and a driver’s vehicle can prove to be similarly necessary signs for mindful driving. Headphones, especially ear-bud varieties, can lead drivers to miss some or all of the following:
- Car and truck horns
- Railroad track alarms and train horns
- Emergency vehicle sirens and horns
- Pedestrian warnings
- Vehicle malfunction noises, namely unusual engine sounds
When emergency situations arise, drivers often warn others using a variety of methods, which include visual and auditory clues. In failing to hear these important signals, highway drivers and other motorists can be put into great danger.
The use of headphones while driving can cause severe damage and serious injuries. While driving with headphones may not be illegal in Wisconsin, driving without paying proper attention to the road ahead or situations behind can be grounds for legal action if an accident occurs as a result. For dedicated legal representation, contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.