The Dangers of Headphones
While lawmakers have moved to ban texting while driving and some have tried to limit cell phone use, wearing headphones while driving has yet to receive much attention as a detrimental influence on drivers. As new technology makes music more portable, many drivers turn to using headphones instead of purchasing vehicle adapters. However, this can reduce the driver’s ability to hear outside the vehicle, losing important audible clues to the roadway around them.
If you have been injured by an inattentive driver, you may have grounds for seeking financial compensation. Contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-242-2874 to discuss your potential claim.
Listening to the Road
When a person is wearing headphones, the closeness of the source of sound effectively increases the volume and presence of the sound. As a result, several important signals can be lost by drivers who wear headphones. These may include:
- Emergency vehicle sirens
- Locomotive horns and roadside crossing alerts
- Motorist horns
- Aberrant engine noise or other mechanical problems
- Pedestrian or off-road warnings
Although it is not illegal in Wisconsin to wear headphones while driving, a driver can still be pulled over by a police officer and ticketed with inattentive driving if it is clear that the driver has failed to give his or her full attention to the road.
When a negligent driver affects the health and safety of you or your family and friends, there are legal options that aim to provide compensation for incurred losses. Know your rights, and learn more by talking to a professional. Contact the Rhinelander car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 1-800-242-2874.