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Driving and Headphones

With access to personal music players at an all time high, many motorists have an mp3 player or smart phone with a sizable music library at their fingertips. These devices often have jacks for the use of headphones, and this may render a better listening experience for the user. The portability of these players means that more and more of them are being used while driving in the car, putting other motorists and pedestrians at risk of injury due to the diminished awareness of the listener.

Drivers commonly depend on sounds as a safety cue when driving, and suddenly eliminating that source of input can quickly lead to an accident. If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a driver whose hearing was limited by the use of headphones, it may be appropriate to consider pursuing financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. Contact the experienced Stevens Point car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.

Missed Signals

Listening to music while driving is nothing new, and many drivers listen to music, talk, or audio books through their car stereo. When the sound source is moved to headphones however, other inputs are completely drowned out and the driver loses the ability to respond to many signs of danger or trouble. The following are a few of the essential sounds that headphone use can mask:

  • Crosswalk alarms
  • Honking
  • Sirens from emergency vehicles
  • Train horns or crossing signals
  • Verbal communication

Without this input, it becomes all too easy for the distracted driver to cause an accident and serious injury to an innocent party.

Contact Us

If you have been hurt due to the negligent operation of a motor vehicle by a distracted driver, we can help. Contact the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 today to arrange for an initial consultation.