When faced with a choice between obeying safety standards and being entertained, many drivers recklessly choose comfort over safety. With increased use of portable music players, the use of headphones has grown. However, in using headphones, drivers move the source of their music in direct proximity to their ears. Unfortunately, this method can sacrifice their ability to hear important external noises and warning signals. Without proper attention being paid to the sounds of the road, drivers may not be able to adequately react to emergency situations.
Contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 if you have been injured by an inattentive or distracted driver.
Dangers of Lost Signals
Headphones can reduce or eliminate important audible signals that other drivers and nearby pedestrians can use to inform a driver of upcoming disaster. The following provides a summary of auditory signals on the road:
- Off-road alerts
- Fire truck, ambulance, and police sirens or horns
- Locomotive-related warnings
- Car and truck horns
In addition to these noises, sounds coming from an engine can inform a driver of potentially dangerous car issues. If an engine fails, the results can be devastating to an unprepared motorist.
Although headphones have not yet been made illegal to use while driving, a ticket written for inattentive driving is a possible consequence for those caught driving with headphones. This should be enough of a warning to drivers to keep their ears more open to the road, but that is not always the case. If a negligent driver has injured you or someone you love, contact the Racine car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your options in pursuing compensation under the law.