In an interesting new study, researchers found that when a person is having a cell phone conversation using a special videophone device that allows the person at the other end of the conversation to see the motorist’s view of the road ahead, the motorist is actually safer than if he is having a conversation, using an audio-only cell phone.
The research found that when motorists use videophone devices that could be positioned to give the other person in the conversation a perspective of the motorist’s view of the road, the motorist was more likely to avoid an accident. In comparison, a person who was having a conversation on a cell phone with only an audio capability was much more likely to be distracted. The safest form of driving was alone, and with no distractions either from fellow passengers or from cell phones.
Talking with fellow passengers in the car seemed to slightly increase a person's accident risk, compared to driving alone. However, the highest accident risk seemed to be when the person was having a conversation on a cell phone with audio- only capability. When the researchers introduced a videophone that allowed the person at the other end of the conversation to see the motorist’s view of the road, those accident risks seemed to drop.
Those are interesting studies, and San Jose car accident lawyers believe that it wouldn't be difficult to have a system where the other motorist in the cell phone conversation has access to the motorist’s perspective of the road. This kind of system could be easy to implement, and the researchers believe that it could actually reduce accident risks.
Of course, the easiest way to avoid accidents would be to simply switch off your cell phones while driving.