Types of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous activities on the road. It leads to the majority of all automobile crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving caused the deaths of 3,477 and the injuries of another 391,000 people in 2015 alone. What you may not know is there are three different categories of distracted driving people can be guilty of. Read their descriptions below.

Visual Distraction

This is the most obvious type of distracted driving. The average person will think of texting and driving when considering visual distractions. However, this category also includes anything that takes your eyes off the road, including putting on makeup, looking at the navigation, searching for items on the floor of the car, or even just taking in the view.

Manual Distraction

Like it sounds, manual distraction involves using your hands to do anything other than driving. For example, eating and drinking include keeping at least one hand on the wheel and the other on some type of food item. In some cases, people will take both hands off the wheel to deal with a tricky kind of food or drink. Manual distraction also includes adjusting your child’s seatbelt, smoking, searching through your purse or wallet, changing the radio, and fiddling with the temperature.

Cognitive Distractions

These are the most difficult kinds of distractions to avoid because our brains are hard to control. Cognitive distractions, or those concerning the mind, involve anything that causes your mind to drift away from the task of driving. These kinds of distractions include talking to other passengers, thinking about something upsetting, road rage, daydreaming, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drowsy driving could also be considered a form of cognitive distraction.

Make sure you’re safe on the road. Try to make all adjustments to the car before you even start moving. If you need to eat, do so in the car while it is at a complete stop. Emotional breakdowns and upsetting thoughts can wait until you pull over. Take precautionary measures to keep as many distractions away as possible when driving. Not only will this ensure you stay safe, but it will also keep others on the road safe as well.

If you were injured by a distracted driver, call one of our experienced San Francisco personal injury attorneys. Our founding attorney at Scarlett Law Group, Randall H. Scarlett, has been helping people get compensation for their injuries for more than 25 years. He’s the author of several articles and legal papers regarding personal injury law and has lectured lawyers and non-lawyer groups alike. He has also been highly rated as an AV® Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most distinguished attorney-rating sites in the world, and has been honored with repeated inclusion in Super Lawyers®. Let him use his experience to your benefit. Our firm uses current technology, and even biomedical engineers to professionally demonstrate the tremendous force upon the body in car accidents, even in low impact speeds. If your medical bills were caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t pay for their mistake. Contact us at (415) 688-2176 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.

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