Dangers of Driving with Headphones
Since the release of portable tape players such as the Sony Walkman, people have had the option of taking their music collection on the road with them. The development of MP3 players, iPods, and smart phones has made it easier than ever to simply and quickly access thousands of songs. Unfortunately, individuals are accustomed to listening to these devices through headphones and may continue to do so even when they are behind the wheel of an automobile.
In Wisconsin, wearing headphones while driving can lead to citation for inattentive driving, indicating the dangerous nature of this behavior. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver who was wearing headphones, contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.
People are accustomed to the idea of listening to music in their cars. But in your vehicle, you only have the illusion of being alone with your music. In truth, you are maneuvering a car around pedestrians and traffic, and if you cannot hear, you are not nearly as effective or responsive. A few of the things you miss when you wear headphones are:
- Car and truck horns
- Emergency vehicle sirens
- Train crossing signals
- Crosswalk alerts
There are plenty of solutions that allow a person to listen to their music without wearing headphones. An individual can purchase adapters that transmit the music from one’s personal music player through the radio. Also, some newer models have input jacks that allow for the music to be played directly through the vehicle. A driver who chooses not to utilize these options and causes a crash as a result must be held accountable.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by a negligent driver who was wearing headphones, contact the Appleton car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.