Distracted Driving

Published On: June 21, 2018

Distracted Driving

Written by Attorney Harmony J. Widman

Types of Distracted Driving

There are three types of distracted driving and each one is a negligent behavior that contributes to the nearly 3000 deaths associated with distracted driving each year.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions are those distractions that cause your eyes to wander off the road. For example, looking at a GPS, taking in the view or turning up the car radio are all types of visual distractions.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions are those things which require you to take one or both hands off the steering wheel while driving. Examples of manual distractions are holding food or drinks, adjusting the temperature controls, smoking, brushing your hair, searching for something in the glove compartment or your wallet.

Manual distractions should be avoided at all times. If you have a passenger in your car, ask them to assist you with any manual distractions. If that is not possible, make sure that you are always able to grab the wheel with both hands in case of emergency.

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distractions are generally the most dangerous types of distractions and result in the highest fatality rates because your mind’s focus drifts away. Common types of cognitive distractions are driving under the influence, drowsiness, road rage, emotional instability or fighting with someone over the phone or in the car.

If you believe that your cognitive abilities are impaired, the most responsible thing to do is avoid driving or pull over until your regained your cognitive abilities.

Texting While Driving

Some activities fall under all three distractions and are extra dangerous. Texting and driving is one of those activities that falls under all three types of distractions.  When you are texting and driving you are visually not focused on the road, manually your hands are not on the steering wheel and cognitively you are focus has been shifted from driving to your conversation.

Avoiding Distractions

To help you drive distraction free, follow the following tips:

  • Stay Calm
  • Pull over
  • Use your passengers
  • Use radio presets
  • Put your phone down
  • Always drive when well rested
  • Set our GPS before you start your trip

If you or someone you know has been injured or becomes injured as a result of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today 1-800-4-INJURY to schedule a complimentary consultation to protect your rights.