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The 3 types of driving distractions that you need to know

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2021 | Distracted Driving

Many car and truck accidents are, unfortunately, caused by something completely preventable — distracted driving. Drivers are only human, and they will never be perfect drivers. This is because no human has an immediate response time or responds perfectly to any given threat. However, all drivers can do their best to concentrate at the wheel and to avoid driving when they know that they are likely to be distracted.

Distracted driving can and does kill people every year. Therefore, those who are found to have caused a collision because they were driving while distracted should be held liable for their negligence and for the damages that they caused. The following is an overview of the three types of distracted driving.

Visual distractions

If a driver cannot see the road in front of them or in their mirrors, they are essentially driving with their eyes closed. This means that looking at a text message, turning your head around or looking to the side, is dangerous while driving and is a form of distracted driving.

Manual distractions

In order to respond rapidly to an oncoming danger, you need to have both of your hands positioned firmly on the wheel at all times when driving. This ensures that you are able to swerve quickly to avoid a collision. Therefore, if you are eating, drinking or holding an object such as a cigarette or mobile phone, you are engaging in distracted driving and could cause an accident as a result.

Cognitive distractions

Cognitive distractions, unlike visual and manual distractions, are much more difficult to define and prove. In order to drive safely, a person must be paying full attention. Therefore, if they are instead listening to loud music, chatting with passengers, or if they are tired, upset or angry, they are driving while distracted.

It is important that you consider whether the other driver was distracted when you were involved in a collision. If this was the case, you may be able to hold them liable for damages.

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