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The Three Types of Distracted Driving & The Dangers

One of the most significant hazards on the road is distracted driving. Despite knowing the dangers and how it impairs someone’s abilities, countless drivers make the mistake of focusing on things other than the road. In the end, distracted drivers cause thousands of accidents each year — many of which result in catastrophic harm.

When pursuing compensation, you need to prove causation. Distractions, however, come in three forms. It’s crucial to understand what constitutes distracted driving and how to move forward with pursuing compensation.

The three types of distracted driving include:

  • Cognitive
  • Visual
  • Manual

If you suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligence, call on our firm at (480) 999-9181 for the help you need!

What Are Cognitive Distractions?

Cognitive distractions remove a driver’s focus from the road. Typically, drivers should be well aware of what’s in front and around them. They often let other things distract them, though, and they focus elsewhere. A cognitive distraction can lead to some of the most severe collisions because drivers may not slow down or brake when they should.

Here are some of the cognitive distractions that can arise:

  • Highway hypnosis: During this phenomenon, many drivers lose complete focus on the road. They may not even remember sections of their drive.
  • Loud music: Drivers often sing along with loud music. Loud music can also lead to highway hypnosis as drivers get into the music.
  • Having a conversation: Even if you are on a hands-free device, you focus more on the conversation than driving. If the conversation is heavy-hearted, it can be even more distracting.

What Are Visual Distractions?

Visual distractions force a driver to look away from the road. These are some of the worst types of distractions because, when combined with a high rate of speed, they can cause devastating collisions. Looking away from the road for 5 seconds while driving 55 miles per hour is enough to travel the length of a football field.

Visual distractions can include any of the following:

  • Looking at a passenger in the vehicle
  • Looking at a cell phone
  • Looking at the radio
  • Looking at an incident on the side of the road

We highly encourage all drivers to put down the phone and focus on what’s important. Don’t look at anything other than what’s in front of the vehicle or in mirrors.

What Are Manual Distractions?

Manual distractions cause drivers to remove at least one hand from the steering wheel. While many drivers believe that they are safe drivers with just one hand, it’s much more challenging to regain control of a vehicle with just one hand.

These are some common manual distractions:

  • Messing with the buttons on the radio
  • Reaching for items throughout the vehicle
  • Eating or drinking
  • Texting while driving
  • Holding a cell phone to talk

The act of texting and driving is extremely dangerous, and here’s why: A driver looks at the phone to read the text (visual distraction), grabs the phone to text back (manual distraction), and thinks up a response (cognitive distraction). All three types of distractions combine and create some of the most dangerous drivers on the road.

At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, we work to help you obtain maximum compensation and hold negligence accountable. Trust that we have the resources and experience necessary to build a solid case on your behalf. We will go above and beyond to pursue the most favorable outcome you deserve.

Our Mesa car accident attorneys have helped countless injured individuals throughout our community. We genuinely care about getting results when it matters most. We hope to speak with you soon and earn your trust.

Let us be your voice. Call us today at (480) 999-9181 for a free case evaluation.

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