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The Three Types of Distracted Driving

Negligence comes in many different forms. One of the most dangerous actions that a person can do on the road is drive while distracted. It’s important to know that there are three types of distracted driving, each being as dangerous as the next. They are manual, visual, and cognitive. Below, we’ll detail each one and explain how they can cause severe crashes.

Manual Distractions

While many drivers feel comfortable only using one hand on the steering wheel, it could prove to be a problem if the driver needs to react or loses control of their vehicle. A manual distraction is something that causes the driver to remove at least one of their hands from the steering wheel. Manual distractions include:

  • Picking up a cell phone
  • Messing with the radio
  • Reaching for something in the car
  • Eating or drinking

Visual Distractions

A visual distraction occurs when the driver takes their eyes off the road. It takes seconds for a driver to look at something else while driving, and a severe crash can occur in this short amount of time. Unfortunately, it occurs more often than it should. Examples of visual distractions are:

  • Looking at a cell phone
  • Looking at passengers in the car
  • Rubbernecking
  • Looking at a GPS

Cognitive Distractions

When someone is focused on anything other than driving, they are cognitively distracted. Their focus isn’t on the task at hand, and they can be dangerous on the road. Here are some examples of cognitive distractions:

  • Singing along to loud music
  • Having a deep conversation
  • Highway hypnosis or daydreaming

The most serious problem is texting while driving. It combines all three distractions: manual to hold the phone, visual to read and text back, and cognitive to focus on the message. If a distracted driver causes you harm, know that you have rights. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys at BD&J, PC are here to help you!

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